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Steve Appleton killed in plane crash

06 February 2012 | Fab Management
Steve Appleton dead at 51 after plane crashFriday, February 3rd, Micron Technology issued a short statement announcing Chairman and CEO, Steve Appleton had been killed in a light aircraft crash near Boise, Idaho. Mr Appleton was married with chidren and was 51 years of age. In a follow-up statement, Micron said that President and Chief Operating Officer and former CTO, Mark Durcan would assume the responsibilities of CEO until a successor is appointed by the Board of Directors. Mr Appleton had been a passionate flyer, having taken part in acrobatic air displays and had owned a former MIG jet fighter. He had been previously injured in a light aircraft plane crash during an air display. Read more >>

Tool Order: Lam Research picks-up equipment orders from TSMC and UMC

31 January 2012 | Wafer Processing
After the Chinese New-Year holidays, both leading Taiwan-based foundries, TSMC and UMC have got back to work early, placing orders with Lam Research. In-line with usual buying habits, TSMC placed the largest of the two orders worth approximately US$33.3 million. Read more >>

TSMC December 2011 sales drop 13.2%: Full-year sales up 2.8%

10 January 2012 | Fab Management
Monthly sales figures from TSMC for December, 2011 indicated revenue fell 13.2% from the prior month to NT$30.57 billion. Full-year sales for 2011 totalled NT$418.25 billion, an increase of 2.8% compared to 2010.


Capital spending strongest in first half of year, says Deutsche Bank

09 January 2012 | Fab Management
Deutsche BankThe strong spurt in spending at semiconductor foundries so early in the year means that Deutsche Bank has revised its CapEx spending forecast for the industry. Instead of an expected CapEx decline in the range of 15-20% in 2012, compared to 2011, financial analysts at the bank believe spending will only be down between 10-15% versus its prior expectations. Read more >>

IHS iSuppli: Semiconductor inventory issues easing except for DRAM

06 January 2012 | Fab Management
According to market research firm, IHS iSuppli the overall semiconductor industry days of inventory declined slightly in the third quarter of 2011, while DRAM stockpiles increased significantly. As calculated by the days of inventory (DOI) measure, overall semiconductor stockpiles in the third quarter stood at 81 days, down 2.5% from 83 days in the second quarter but DRAM stockpiles stood at 12.8 weeks, a 31% increase from 9.8 weeks in the second quarter of 2011. The figure is also significantly higher than the long-term quarterly average of 9.2 weeks. Read more >>

Tool Order: KLA-Tencor receives multiple orders from Taiwan‚??s top foundries

06 January 2012 | Wafer Processing
Both TSMC and UMC have placed purchase orders with KLA-Tencor this week, enabling the metrology and yield specialist to record bookings of almost US$70 million. Read more >>

Tool Order: ASML receives belated US$108 million Xmas present from TSMC

05 January 2012 | Lithography
ASML has had a great start to the New Year with several new orders placed with the lithography equipment leader that total over US$108 million. TSMC has begun 2012 with a new wave of purchase orders with leading equipment suppliers. Read more >>

TSMC kicks-off 2012 with equipment purchase spree

05 January 2012 | Wafer Processing
Updated. Perhaps semiconductor equipment suppliers are offering January sales like the retail trade as the largest foundry in the world; TSMC has gone on spending spree over the last few weeks. Purchase orders have been placed ASML, Applied Materials, Novellus, KLA-Tencor and Tokyo Electron (TEL) that add-up to one of its strongest capital equipment spending periods in the last 12-months. Read more >>

Equipment bookings strengthen in November

16 December 2011 | Wafer Processing
According to the November Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI, bookings strengthened slightly from reaching a low in September and October. The three-month average of worldwide bookings in November 2011 was US$973.3 million, up 5% over the final October level of US$926.8 million but 35.7% below bookings of US$1.51 billion posted in November 2010. Read more >>

Lam acquires Novellus for US$3.3 billion

15 December 2011 | Wafer Processing
Rumours have circulated for years over the possible merger of Lam Research and Novellus Systems as there is little overlap in product portfolios. However, rumours have finally turned to reality in an all stock deal that values Novellus at US$3.3 billion. The deal is the second major acquisition within the top 10 equipment suppliers this year, following quickly on the acquisition of Varian Semiconductor by Applied Materials. Read more >>