U.S. companies boosted share of chip sales in 1990

January 03, 1991|By Los Angeles Times

SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. companies last year increased their share of the worldwide computer chip market for the first time since 1979, largely as a result of strong performances by Intel and Motorola, according to the market research firm Dataquest.

But three Japanese companies -- NEC, Toshiba, and Hitachi -- retained the top spots in the annual market share rankings, and analysts said the U.S. gains did not necessarily represent a reversal of the decade-long decline of the American chip industry.

"U.S. companies have probably seen the trough in terms of losing market share," said Jerry Banks, director of the semiconductor group at Dataquest. "But I don't know that their share will grow again."

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