Semiconductor surplus is at $4.3 bln in Q4 2006

Surplus semiconductor inventories in the global electronics supply chain rose again in Q4 2006, meaning that excess stockpiles are likely to linger through 2007, iSuppli predicts. Total excess chip inventory swelled to $4.3 bln in Q4 2006, up 4.9% from $4.1 bln at the end of Q3 2006.