THE SURGE in research and development sparked by the 1995-8 slump in the semi-conductor industry will create an unprecedented boom in sales of chip-based products, the latest World Commodity Survey from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD, has claimed.

Because of the resulting development of 'the system on a chip,' said the report, "the microchip industry will be able to offer its clients a complete solution enabling them to significantly reduce the global cost of their systems and thereby to address mass ...

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