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Cirrus Logic (Fremont, Calif.) said it has agreed to transfer the PC modem business unit of about 40 employees to Ambient, which will take on ownership of products and licenses related to Cirrus' PC modem patents.

Mitsubishi is also concentrating its semi- conductor spending on embedded DRAM, as well as on system-on-a-chip tooling. Having cut its capital budget in half, to $780 million, the company is de-emphasizing plain vanilla” DRAMs, and shifting more than 50% its of production to foundry partners Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. in Taiwan and Seiko-Epson Corp. in Japan, Fukuda said.

The move includes a transfer of 64-Mbit technology to Powerchip, despite industry fears that giving advanced production know-how to Taiwan could bolster the island's global market position.

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Mitsubishi had originally intended to ramp up its 64-Mbit production to 10 million units per month by March, but will now freeze output at 8 million units and shift capacity to embedded DRAM.

Oki Electric earlier this year was among the first Japanese producers to bite the bullet and back off plans to mass-produce 256-Mbit DRAMs. However, Aratani said R&D on leading-edge DRAM generations will continue for integration in ASICs and other single-chip logic devices.

Ironically, Oki suddenly finds itself doing much more business in older-generation 1- and 4-Mbit DRAMs as other chip makers drop their lines. Since the fabs making these trailing-edge chips have long ago been amortized, Oki's margins are much better than on higher-density 16- and 64-Mbit chips, Aratani said. As more producers discontinue their 16-Mbit programs, prices there may also improve, he added.

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Toshiba Corp., meanwhile, cut capital investment this fiscal year to $900 million. However, the company said this will still allow it to move to a 0.22-micron process next year and to 0.18-micron production by 2000. To lower costs, Toshiba has shifted as much as 40% of its DRAM production to foundry partner Winbond Electronics Corp. in Taiwan.

GaSonics International reported net sales for the fourth quarter of 1998 that were roughlyhalf those of the 1997 fourth quarter, and a corresponding net loss that was roughly twice the profit of the comparable year-ago period.

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The San Jose, Calif., maker of dry photoresist and residue removal systems tallied $16.4 million for the fourth quarter, compared with $31.9 million in 1997. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 1998 was $3.7 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, compared with net income of $1.6 million, or 11 cents per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

For the year, net sales totaled $100.4 million, compared with $121.3 million in fiscal 1997. Net loss for the year was $5.7 million, or 41 cents per diluted share, compared with net income of $3 million, or 21 cents per diluted share, in 1997.

In some ways, Damron makes sense. The big will indeed get bigger, representing every significant product line available and serving a diverse range of customers and end markets through well-structured subsidiaries. And their sheer size will enable them to serve all global markets, stay ahead of the information-technology curve, and survive the cyclical storms more easily than their smaller counterparts.

But does that mean that numbers 10 through 25 on EBN's Top 50 Distributors list will go away?

Midtier distributors play an important role serving midsize and emerging OEMs, and they'll continue to have a loyal customer following. But they can't stand still. What will change is the makeup of what's been defined as the midtier distributor. These distributors will have to partner with one another through mergers in order to keep their core customer base. Reptron's recent attempt to acquire All American Semiconductor-which fell through due to stock market woes-is a perfect example of this partnering. They didn't say so, but you can bet that both companies-as well as five or 10 of their competitors-are out prowling for similar acquisitions.

With distribution stocks currently trading at a four-year low, there are many bargain opportunities out there, but funding those deals could be a major obstacle. And if the midtier distributors don't acquire one another soon, the deep-pocketed heavyweights of the business will. The race is on.

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