More Chips On The Table

Here's how to play the surge in orders for new semiconductors

You probably haven't given much thought to the growing number of computer chips in popular gadgets like digital cameras, cell phones, DVD players and those portable devices used to play downloaded music. Why bother? You don't need the recipe to enjoy the soup. But anyone struggling to understand what has been a remarkable turn in orders for semiconductors and the high-tech equipment needed to make them should take note: products such as cars and medical devices--from pacemakers to hearing aids--are taking up a lot of the slack left after the telecom bust. APPLIED DIGITAL SOLUTIONS' new VeriChip, for example, is injected...

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