Despite the arrival of a plethora of new tablets and Ultrabooks, plus a new operating system from Microsoft that was expected to drive PC sales, 2012 was a gloomy year for chip manufacturers. As any confident gambler might do when the chips are down, the leading consumer electronics original equipment manufacturers are expected to double down in 2013. Sony is expected to purchase some $8.4 billion worth of semiconductors — up nearly 5 percent from 2012 — while Toshiba will make a less risky gamble but still increase by 2 percent to $6.1 billion.
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2013: Chip Makers to Go All In