Analysts: litho market to “soften” in 2008

May 26, 2006 – Analysis from two firms predicts a soft market for lithography equipment in 2008, after leading-edge chipmakers are through placing initial orders for next-generation lithography tools.

“A likely scenario will have leading edge manufacturers placing initial orders for next generation lithography tools, but then we expect a pause in purchasing to allow evaluation of results,” stated Daren Dance, VP of technology for Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc., a market research and services firm. “After the pause, chip companies will commit to production purchases.”

The projection comes from WWK and Strategic Marketing Associates’ new quarterly forecast of equipment sales, dubbed “EquipmentFutures,” which is comprised of semiconductor activity information from more than 200 fabs, forecasts, consumer electronics demand, and industry roadmaps.


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