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Tool Order: TSMC equipment purchase round-up

18 March 2011 | By Mark Osborne | News > Wafer Processing

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TSMC placed a batch of orders with Dainippon Screen worth approximately US$19.4 million. TEL received purchase orders worth approximately US$35.4 million.

DISCO, known for its wafer dicing products also received orders worth approximately US$18.2 million. DISCO also noted this week that none of its manufacturing operations had been affected by the disaster in Japan and had continued to ship products without disruption. The company also noted that it had 6-months of raw material supplies.

U.S.-based equipment suppliers were also in the order mix this week. Novellus Systems also received a batch of equipment orders valued at approximately US$23 million.

Applied Materials received one of the largest series of orders totalling approximately US$46.2 million.

One U.S.-based supplier that hadn’t featured much in orders from TSMC so far this year was KLA-Tencor. That changed this week with orders received totalling approximately US$25.3 million. TSMC previously placed orders worth US$19.2 million with the metrology specialist in early January, 2011.

However, perhaps the most interesting orders placed by TSMC over the last two weeks was with Advanced Ion Beam Technology, Inc. (AIBT) a low-profile manufacture of ion implant systems based in the U.S. TSMC placed an order worth US$17.3 with AIBT.

As previously reported, a series of orders worth approximately US$80.2 million have been placed with lithography equipment supplier, ASML.

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