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Taiwan to become top equipment buyer

Posted: 31 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:equipment? DRAM? fab? semiconductor? memory?

Taiwan is set to become the world's leader in semiconductor fab equipment spending in 2007, according to a report by the nonprofit U.S.-Taiwan Business Council.

Citing market analyst Strategic Marketing Associates, the council said the global chip industry will spend $60 billion on new chip equipment in 2007. In light of company spending projections, Taiwan would account for at least 18.8 percent of global chip equipment purchases this year, surpassing all other countriesincluding 2006 leader Japan, the council said.

Noting that several Taiwanese memory vendors posted strong results in 2006, the report it estimates that Taiwan DRAM makers will purchase $6.9 billion in chip equipment in 2007. The addition of 300mm fab spending plans by foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. could lead the country to total $11.25 billion in chip equipment expenditures in 2007, compared to an estimated $6.96 billion in 2006, according to the report.

Additionally, the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council also expects Taiwan to become the world's largest producer of DRAM in 2007.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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