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Dean W. Freeman, Gartner Dataquest, San Jose, California


The refurbished or used-equipment market has been getting a great deal of attention over the past few years. As demand for trailing-edge devices such as liquid crystal display drivers has grown, the need for equipment that can run processes at the 0.13 and 0.35 technology nodes has expanded. Additionally, the rebirth of 150mm and 200mm fabs has increased the demand for trailing-edge proces equipment, taking refurbished equipment from a cottage industry to a new level. Semiconductor original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Fortune 500 companies, large auction houses and small service organizations are all competing for a piece of the used equipment market.

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