Consumers can find products by Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), which makes integrated circuit boards and computer chips, in everything from printers to cell phones to car keys. Its main customers include Cisco Systems (CSCO), Siemens AG (SI) , Sony (SNE), and Toshiba (TOSBF).
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, the main trade association within the semiconductor industry has estimated that overall sales in the industry will slow beginning in 2008. In response to this outlook, Atmel has begun moving towards a fab-lite manufacturing model, which emphasizes the use of third-party foundries for part of the manufacturing process and helps to decrease costs.(Read more at Wikinvest )