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RF Micro Devices and Rambus Shares on the Rebound as Outlook for Semiconductor Industry Improves

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -08/14/12)- The Semiconductor Industry rallied last week after recent reports provided a positive outlook for the industry. Stocks received a boost Tuesday after Goldman Sachs raised its rating from "neutral" to "attractive" for the group. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOX) has gained over 4 percent in the last week. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Semiconductor Industry and provides equity research on RF Micro Devices, Inc. (RFMD) and Rambus Inc. (RMBS).

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The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) last Friday reported that worldwide chip sales total $24.4 billion for the month of June, a 2 percent decrease from the a year ago. On the positive side, the drop was the smallest year-over-year decrease since October 2011. International Data Corporation in an update of the Semiconductor Applications Forecaster (SAF) forecasts that worldwide semiconductor revenues will increase 4.6 percent in 2012 to $315 billion.

"The semiconductor industry continues to navigate the turbulent global economy better than most sectors," SIA President Brian Toohey said. "But macroeconomic uncertainties are limiting overall recovery and growth."

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RF Micro Devices is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies. The company recently reported that first quarter revenue increased sequentially approximately 8 percent to $202.7 million, versus $187.9 million in the prior quarter.

Rambus is one of the world's premier technology licensing companies. As a company of inventors, Rambus focuses on the development of technologies that enrich the end-user experience of electronic systems. The company reported a net loss for the second quarter of 2012 of $32.2 million compared to net loss of $27.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 and net loss of $10.6 million in the second quarter of 2011.

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