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Photomask market to decline to US$2.5 billion in 2009

28 April 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Lithography

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The semiconductor photomask market is estimated to be US$2.9 billion in 2008 and forecasted to contract to US$2.5 billion in 2009, according to a new report available from SEMI. However, a recovery in demand is expected to see the photomask market return to growth in 2011, reaching US$2.7 billion.

Significantly more expensive masks are required for the 65nm and 45nm nodes as volume production ramps, suggesting unit demand may not be growing as much as the value of leading-edge masks.

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