Friday, June 30, 2006

Chip chatter

Two Colorado Springs-based semiconductor manufacturers had some good news for their stockholders this week.

Simtek said Thursday it expected to generate more than $6 million in revenue during the second quarter, which ended Friday. The company told investors just six weeks earlier it expected revenue between $5.8 million and $6 million, up from between $5.5 million and $6 million it had forecast about two weeks before that. The latest forecast means Simtek expects revenue for the first half of the year will exceed what it generated during all of 2005.

Ramtron said Wednesday it signed a worldwide agreement with Texas-based Mouser Electronics Inc., the fastest growing catalog distributor in the electronics industry, to distribute its memory, microcontroller and integrated semiconductors in the 1,700-page Mouser catalog that is published every three months. Ramtron makes another type of chip that also retains information even when power is cut.

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