SAN JOSE, Calif. — The three-month average of worldwide semiconductor sales rose to $16.94 billion in April, a sequential increase of 4.1 percent from the $16.275 billion reported in March and a 36.7 percent increase from April 2003, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported Tuesday (June 1).

Bob Pitts, 90-nm platform manager at Texas Instruments Inc., noted that recent announcements have suggested some products are being held up because of power. it's going to drive an economic need to solve this problem. There won't be an EDA company without an interest in solving this problem.”