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Markets and Business

Size Matters … at Least in the Critical Subsystems Supply Chain

Clouds continue to persist over the semiconductor supply chain with little sign of lifting. In March, the decline in week-over-year chip sales appeared to be slowing, providing a glimmer of hope for the beginning of a new cycle. However, the...

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Timing of Next Upturn? A Forecast

The typical winter “seasonal slowdown” is now behind us. What can we expect as the year progresses? 

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Renaissance in the Photomask Market?

The semiconductor industry has been on a roll for the past few years – and the rising tide has lifted segments spanning the supply chain. The photomask market, in particular, has seen exceptionally strong growth of 13 percent and 8 percent in...

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2018: Records Shattered Across the Board

Semiconductor Market Trends

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How Much Further to Bottom of this Memory Cycle?

In announcing its Q2 fiscal 2019 results, Micron Technology, Inc. provided lower-than-expected revenue guidance of between $46 billion and $50 billion for the current quarter. However, what was particularly noteworthy was the company’s...

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Watching (Impatiently) for the Upturn

Business Conditions

Manufacturing growth remains slow globally (Chart 1) although conditions vary by country and region (Chart 2). 

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Critical Subsystems in the Sub Fab

The value of critical subsystems sold for use in the sub fab is outgrowing the overall market for critical subsystems. Driven by the increased complexity of leading edge fabs and the growing vacuum intensity of semiconductor manufacturing, both...

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Don’t Look at These Charts!

Electronic equipment growth definitely slowed in late 2018 (Chart 1). Based on the consolidated revenues of 213 large, global OEMs electronic equipment sales grew only 2.1 percent in 4Q’18 vs. 4Q’17, down from 4.9 percent in the third quarter and...

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A Ride on the Business Cycle

Global Growth Slows in Fourth Quarter

World electronic industry growth moderated (or contracted) in many sectors in late 2018.  Compare Chart 1 (3Q’18 vs.3Q’17) to Chart 2 (4Q’18 vs.4Q’17). The length and color of the bars tell the story. The...

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Record Revenues for Critical Subsystems Suppliers in 2018 Despite Collapse in Orders

Critical subsystems for the IC equipment market continued to grow to a new record of $11 billion in 2018. While 2019 is expected to be a downturn year, the long-term outlook remains unchanged with an average growth rate of 3 percent. 

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