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DRAM capital expenditures to fall 56% in 2009, says DRAMeXchange

15 April 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Fab Management

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According to a new report from DRAMeXchange, capital spending by DRAM manufacturers is expected to fall 56% in 2009, compared to last year. CapEx is set to fall to only US$5.4 billion in 2009, compared to US$ 12.2 billion in 2008 as cash preservation remains the key business objective.

DRAMeXchange also noted that process node migrations are slowed due to cash constraints and the significant costs associated with the adoption of immersion lithography, which is required for 5x nm migrations. 

DRAMeXchange calculated that it requires at least US$210 million per 70,000wspm DRAM fab capacity to convert to immersion lithography and a further US$100 million in other tool upgrades to make the transition.

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