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Vista 'won't boost PC sales'

Chip maker predicts only steady growth

Microsoft's all-new Windows Vista operating system won't much affect PC sales this year, according to a respected industry predictor. Rick Tsai, president and chief executive officer of TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co), said today that operating systems usually face slow, gradual adoption.

TSMC, the world's largest contract chip maker, believes PC sales growth in 2007 will be similar to last year, despite the hype surrounding the launch of Vista. The company is considered something of an IT industry Mystic Meg due to the wide variety of chips it manufactures. TSMC also does its own market research to decide how much it should spend on factories.

Enterprise users are normally slower to adopt OSes, said Rick Tsai, president and chief executive officer of TSMC. His company will be no exception, as it will not be an early Vista adopter, he said. Consumers are the users more likely to buy an OS such as Vista in the early days after its launch, he added.

The Vista issue was raised after TSMC executives said the global chip industry is suffering amid a glut in mobile phone and PC chips. TSMC reported its worst quarterly net profit in a year and a half today, as the chip glut worsened and orders fell.

The current quarter, January to March, will be even worse, TSMC executives said, but it will mark the bottom of the chip industry downturn.

TSMC's fourth quarter net profit dropped 18 percent compared to the same time a year earlier, to NT$27.91bn ($856.7m). It was the chip maker's worst performance since the third quarter of 2005, when its net profit hit NT$24.49bn.


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