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Slight changes mark IC-equipment ranking

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Gartner reports slight adjustments in the 2007 listing. (Click to view full table)

The fab-tool rankings experienced a minor change in 2007, reports Gartner Inc.

Among the top five vendors, there was no change in the rankings. U.S.-based Applied Materials Inc. remained the world's largest semiconductor-equipment vendor, but the company lost share as it underperformed the market in 2007, according to Gartner.

Japan's Tokyo Electron Ltd (TEL), which remained in the second spot, grew at nearly twice the rate of the overall market. "TEL capitalized on its strong position with memory vendors adding to its dominance in photoresist processing," according to Gartner.

ASML Holding NV of the Netherlands maintained the No. 3 position, "as it continued to distance itself from its nearest competitor based on its strong position in the rapidly expanding 193nm DUV stepper arena," according to the firm. It was referring to Nikon Corp., which jumped from seventh to sixth place on the list.

U.S.-based KLA-Tencor Corp. expanded its share in process control to remain in fourth. U.S.-based Lam Research Corp., which was in fifth, outperformed the market as it expanded its share in the etch market, according to Gartner.

Nikon was in sixth, followed in order by Advantest, Novellus, Dainippon Screen, and ASMI, according to the firm.

Worldwide capital equipment spending totaled $44.5 billion in 2007, a 5.9 percent increase from 2006 revenue of $42.1 billion, according to tallied results by Gartner.

"Uneven investment behavior, with weakness in logic/foundry and strength in memory-related capacity spending, once again impacted relative equipment market share positions, as well as the regional sales picture in 2007," said Klaus Rinnen, managing VP for Gartner's semiconductor manufacturing research group, in a statement. "45nm investments ramped more meaningful in 2007 but still accounted for less than 10 percent of total investment for the year. Regionally, investments in North America, Japan and Europe were below market, while Asia/Pacific again led the charge with 14.9 percent growth."

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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