Global chip sales up 6.5% in the first half of 2005

Worldwide chip sales rose 6.5% in the first half of 2005 over the first half of 2004, the Semiconductor Industry Association said. Sales rose to $109 bln, up from $102.4 bln in the first half of 2004. Q2 2005 sales dipped 2.1% from Q1 2005 level.