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2011-05-24 SEMI: April fab tool orders, book-to-bill ratio rose 1.1%
April semiconductor equipment orders from North American vendors hit almost $1.6 billion, up 1.1 percent from March, while April book-to-bill ratio rose to 0.98 from 0.95 the previous month
2010-01-19 IC biz slowdown drags fab tool market
Happy days are here again. Or are they? Outside the conference room at the ISS venue, some quietly expressed a renewed sense of cautionor worryheading into 2010.
2005-05-25 Fab-tool orders flat despite jump in wafer starts
Front- and back-end bookings in the semiconductor-equipment market were flat in April despite signs of a jump in wafer starts in the June quarter, according to analysts.
2016-04-25 3D NAND, advanced logic drive fab tool order surge
SEMI reported billings for North American fab tool vendors of $1.38 billion in March, an increase of 9.4% compared to February and a decrease of about 1% compared with March 2015
2011-02-03 TSMC bares plan to build 450mm fab
TSMC's announcement that it will build a 450mm fab could push rivals Samsung and GlobalFoundries to follow suit and include 450mm into their plans immediately
2009-01-09 Tough '09 awaits fab-tool, materials sector
Based on the early returns, the fab-tool and electronic materials markets are off to a rough start in 2009. And don't expect the market to improve, prompting the possible acceleration of a shake-out in the sector
2008-11-24 Slowdown hits Japan fab-tool market, too
Japanese-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted a book-to-bill ratio of 0.81 in October, down from 0.95 in September, according to the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan.
2005-11-09 Samsung delays DRAM fab, buys gear
Applied Materials, ASML, KLA-Tencor, Novellus and others have begun receiving a new round of semiconductor equipment orders at Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. despite the chip maker's move to delay a DRAM fab project in South Korea, according to a report from an analyst on Monday (Nov. 7
2008-06-23 Reports point to bleak IC, fab-tool markets
The mid-year data from market research firms indicate gloomy IC and fab-tool industries for 2008
2008-11-07 Order delays haunt LCD tool makers
It's a double-whammy for the equipment industry. First, fab-tool makers face a major IC downturn. Now, they see a big slowdown in LCD production
2004-03-19 Lithography lead times to cause fab bottlenecks
Semiconductor capital spending is projected to be higher than expected in 2004, but extending lead times for lithography gear may cause a bottleneck in overall fab-tool order ramps, warned an analyst from Needham & Co. Inc
2009-06-25 Intel: Fab tool market savior
Intel Corp. continues to fund technologies and procure fab-equipment, but behind the scenes, the company is investing in some companies and brokering deals for others, reportedly including ASM International NV and NuFlare Technology Inc., sources said
2007-10-05 Gartner: Fab tool market up in '07, down in '08
Semiconductor equipment suppliers are performing better than forecast for 2007, but will do poorly in 2008, according to Gartner.
2007-02-08 Fab-tool sales expect slowdown
Despite the positive early signs for 2007, it is still expected to be a slow year in the chip-equipment market, as previously reported.
2009-03-26 Fab tools, anyone
A new report from Needham & Co. LL claims that the bottom is in sight for semiconductor equipment makers.
2008-01-21 Fab tool industry up for a challenging year
Fab-tool vendors at the Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) see a mixed picture for the semiconductor equipment industry
2009-01-16 Fab tool execs brace for longer downturn
Fab tool vendor executives have warned that the current IC downturn will be long and painful, causing more consolidation in the market and stress in the supply chain
2010-03-22 Fab tool book-to-bill ratios go flat
It appears the fab tool business is slightly coolingor slowingas the various book-to-bill ratios are flat
2009-05-25 Downturn puts fab tool market in the red
This is the worst downturn in the history of semiconductor equipment. Most would agree about that but what individual sector is the worst? ATE, inspection, lithography or wafer cleaning?
2011-01-21 Does the fab tool business model need mending
Fewer fabs coupled with cyclical downturns have caused massive consolidation in the fab tool industry. While some insist the industry should further consolidate to make it more efficient, others fear that fewer players could lead to higher tool costs and monopolies
2010-12-23 Analyst predicts fab tool changes in 2011
Here are 10 predictions about the fab tool market in 2011 culled from various reports by C.J. Muse, analyst, Barclays Capital
2006-03-30 Taiwan DRAM maker places follow-on orders for Mattson's strip system
Mattson Technology disclosed that a major DRAM chipmaker from Taiwan has placed follow-on orders for Mattson's Aspen III ICPHT strip system for the next expansion phase of its 90nm and 300mm fab
2006-07-14 Production scheduling tool rolls for 300mm fabs
Ilog has unveiled the Fab PowerOps, touted to be the first software package to address production scheduling for front-end process areas within a 300mm semiconductor fabrication plant
2004-01-29 UMC orders Axcelis ion implanters for Tainan fab
United Microelectronics Corp. has issued a multi-system order for Axcelis Technologies' HC3 Ultra high current ion implanter for installation in its 300mm fab in Tainan, Taiwan
2005-03-25 UMC considers taking 15 percent stake in Chinese fab
Taiwan foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) said Monday (Mar. 21) it may take a 15 percent stake worth $110 million in Chinese foundry He Jian Technology Corp., possibly with the hope of settling litigation in Taiwan accusing the firm of illegally helping the Chinese company build up its business.
2005-08-22 Japan's fab-tool book-to-bill stays above parity
Japanese semiconductor production equipment manufacturers posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.08 for July according to the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan.
2009-01-19 Wall Street forecasts 20% IC market dip in '09
Wall Street has given its 2009 fearless predictions for the IC and fab-tool sectors at the Industry Strategy Symposium
2011-05-04 VLSI sees 'skittish market' as IC billings, ASPs fall
IC billings totaled $4.57 billion while chip ASPs were $1.22 for the week ended April 22, both down 3 percent from the previous week. IC units amounted to 3.74 billion, flat from the previous period.
2010-06-25 Nikon stays optimistic amid losses
Nikon formulated a three-year medium term management plan that will run from fiscal 2011 to 2013. One of the goals is to bring the fab tool business back in the black
2010-07-21 Migration to 450-mm: To be or not to be?
While no major 450-mm announcements were made at Semicon West, fab tool makers are anticipating a major development to either fast-track or push out plans for the next-gen wafers
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