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As the credit crisis continues, and as markets take some of the worst hits in years, Barron's Tiernan Ray picks six tech companies that are cash-rich and whose business are likely to hold up even in a softening economy.

The six stocks have market values between around $100M and $10B, market capitalizations less than two times their net cash and equivalents, and have boosted their net cash over four successive quarters.

The largest of the six is RealNetworks (NASDAQ:RNWK), followed by Opnext (NASDAQ:OPXT), (TSCM), Microtune (TUNE), GSI Group (NASDAQ:GSIG) and iPass (NASDAQ:IPAS) is the smallest.

Of course, cash-rich tech firms could also become acquisition targets, as Napster (NAPS) did this summer with a $121M bid from Best Buy (NYSE:BBY).

Trading at or near cash is no guarantee of success (case in point: Trident Microsystems (TRID)), and earnings estimates for the tech sector have been deteriorating, but by paying little more than what a company's cash assets are worth, investors should feel fairly comfortable in their positions.

Source: Six Tech Stocks Worth Their Weight in Cash- Barron's