North American Semiconductor Industry — Continuing with High Levels of Investments

North American Semiconductor Industry — Continuing with High Levels of Investments

While investments and capital spending in Asia-Pacific garner much of the attention regarding semiconductor manufacturing, spending on equipment and materials in North America has totaled more than $100 billion over the past decade as leading device manufacturers expand capacity and invest in new facilities.  Another $25 billion in equipment and materials spending is forecasted to be spent over this year and next in North America, representing roughly 15 percent of the total spending globally in these two important industry segments. 

Intel, GlobalFoundries, and Samsung have been and continue to be the drivers of investments in North America. IBM and Micron invest in upgrades for leading-edge technology, while Cree and Philips Lumileds invest in LED and related production contribute to spending as well.  The NanoFab Xtension (NFX) facility by the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering at SUNY Albany represents another major spending project in North America.

Fab investments represent a majority of the equipment spending in North America, though this region  remains an important region for spending on test equipment.  Over $1.6 billion has been spent on test equipment in North America in the previous three years, and it is estimated that about another $500 million will be spent this year and in 2014.  SOC/Logic testers were the largest test equipment segment in North America with $356 million in spending in 2011 and $292 million in 2012.  In addition to the test equipment, VLSI Rearch estimates the that 2013 test consumables (probe cards, sockets, device interface boards) market for North America is about $530 million.

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May 7, 2013