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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
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 caution!or worry!heading into 2010.
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
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
2010-08-25 Deposition tool roll out takes on HDP-CVD
Applied announces a shallow trench isolation film deposition tool that is in step with the company's renewed emphasis on its chip-based fab tool business
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.
2005-08-19 Soaring tool costs to delay 450mm fabs
Soaring IC-equipment development costs could push out the appearance of next-generation 450mm wafer fabs to between 2020 and 2025!a delay of more than a decade from its current schedule, warned an analyst at VLSI Research Inc
2005-08-22 Soaring tool costs to delay 450mm fabs
Soaring IC-equipment development costs could push out the appearance of next-generation 450mm wafer fabs to between 2020 and 2025 ? a delay of more than a decade from its current schedule, warned an analyst at VLSI Research Inc
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.
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
2009-12-03 Report: Fab plans on hold in 2010
Capital spending is expected to rise by 65 percent in 2010, but plans for new fabs will remain on hold for next year, according to SEMI.
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
2006-07-24 Japan's fab-tool book-to-bill sees huge increase
In what could be a possible short-lived boom cycle, Japanese-based semiconductor-production equipment manufacturers experienced a huge jump in bookings for June.
2009-03-26 Fab tools, anyone
A new report from Needham & Co. LL claims that the bottom is in sight for semiconductor equipment makers.
2010-08-12 Fab tool makers losing steam
Economic conditions do not augur well for fab tool makers, says The Information Network. A slowdown on the front end will put the brakes on the hypergrowth the industry saw earlier in the year
2010-03-22 Fab tool book-to-bill ratios go flat
It appears the fab tool business is slightly cooling!or slowing!as the various book-to-bill ratios are flat
2008-11-17 Fab tech roll call: survival of the fittest
Manufacturers are rolling out 45nm ICs, with 32nm designs in the works; 22nm and even smaller devices are in R&D. But delivery of chips at 32nm and beyond won't be a cool breeze.
2011-02-04 Fab firms' focus on 450mm could disrupt supply chain
Analysts fear there is not enough 300mm capacity today and 450mm plants under construction may not start mass production until 2017 or 2018, a scenario that could trigger disruptions in the IC supply chain.
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
2008-09-15 Analysts: Fab-tool market gloom persists
The semiconductor equipment market remains bleak as SEMI reported a significant drop in bookings and billings for Q2.
2008-09-25 IBM opens gates of 300mm fab
Up until recently, IBM Corp. and its secretive chip unit refused to reveal any information about its semiconductor operations.
2014-06-27 IBM fab sale: Retracing its x86 steps
IBM's focus on servers for businesses prevented it from seeing and responding to what one former employee calls "the biggest server buying spree in a decade."
2009-10-06 Analysis: TI fab deal is good for IC tool vendors
Equipment executives and analysts say that the TI fab deal isn't a blow to the equipment industry. Some suggested that it might even be a positive for gear suppliers
2015-08-19 A look inside GlobalFoundries' Fab 8
A tour of the plant and an affiliated research centre in nearby Albany provided a look inside an operation that now carries the DNA of chip giants such as AMD, IBM and Samsung.
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
2009-09-23 Canon litho dreams hit price roadblock
The end could be near for Canon Inc.'s lithography efforts, as the company is reportedly mulling plans to cease future, high-end scanner development, according to sources.
2010-01-13 Panelists debate IC manufacturing fate
At SEMI's Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS), panelists agreed to disagree on the fate of IC manufacturing!about the future of 450mm fabs, Moore's Law and the R&D funding gap.
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
2009-01-23 How to weather the economic storm
Fab-tool veteran Nick Konidaris, president and CEO of Electro Scientific Industries Inc., provided some tips
2009-09-11 Comment: Winners, losers in ATIC-Chartered deal
Mark LaPedus gives his take on the winners and losers of Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC)-Chartered Semiconductor deal.
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