For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – April 15, 2010 – announces the latest Industry Outlook. Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses the Semiconductor Industry, including Intel Corp. (INTC), Texas Instruments (TXN), STMicroelectronics (STM) and Qualcomm (QCOM).

A synopsis of today’s Industry Outlook is presented below. The full article can be read at

The major players in the industry may be categorized into chipmakers (OEMs — whether fabless or otherwise), equipment and material suppliers, and foundries.

According to Gartner Dataquest and iSuppli Corp, Intel Corp. (INTC), Samsung and Toshiba Corp were the top three semiconductor suppliers in 2009. Texas Instruments (TXN) remained in the fourth position, as the company continued to phase off its wireless baseband business. STMicroelectronics (STM) was in fifth position, followed by Qualcomm (QCOM), which rose from the eighth position in 2008.

VLSI Research estimates that semiconductor equipment sales by the top ten suppliers declined 38.2% in 2009, following a 26% decline in 2008. Therefore, the segment has shrunk by over 50% over the past two years. North American suppliers declined 36.9%, Japanese suppliers declined 35.6%, while European suppliers declined 44.5%.

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