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Front-End Fab Equipment Spending To Grow 17% In 2013


By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff SEMI just released an update to its World Fab Forecast database, which indicates that total fab spending for equipment needed to ramp fabs, upgrade technology nodes, and expand or change wafer size could increase 16.7 percent in 2013 to reach a new record high of $42.7 billion. The estimate includes new equipment, used equipment, or in-house equipment but exclu... » read more

Breaking the Barrier Again: Fab Equipment Spending Up in 2012; in 2013 to Reach an All-Time Record High


Strong Improvement also Seen in Fab Construction By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, SEMI Industry Research & Statistics (June 1, 2012) Breaking the barrier into positive growth for 2012, the end-of-May edition of the World Fab Forecast shows improved growth in fab equipment spending this year — at US$ 39.5 billion, a two percent year-over-year (YoY) increase.  For 2013, fab equipment... » read more

Mighty Japan Endures as Leader


By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff After the devastating natural disaster in March, Japan’s semiconductor industry has once again proven that it can overcome disaster and recover quickly. Japan is home to a large number of semiconductor companies and has the largest share of total installed fab capacity. In addition, fabs in Japan lead in cutting-edge technology such as 24nm and 19nm NAND Fla... » read more

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