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Semiconductor Materials – Robust Growth in 2020 with Strong Outlook Post COVID-19

2020 was a year that made a mark in the history of mankind as well as the semiconductor industry.

Top 10 Critical Subsystems Suppliers of 2020: Rapid Growth in Dry Etch Chamber Shipments Powers RF Generator Vendors Up the Rankings Table

VLSI Research recently announced the list of top suppliers of critical subsystems to the semiconductor and related manufacturing industries in 2020.

Global Fab Equipment Spending Poised to Log Three Straight Years of Record Highs as COVID-19 Stokes Demand for Electronics

Fueled by surging pandemic-inspired demand for electronics devices, the global semiconductor industry is on track to register a rare three consecutive years of record highs in fab equipment spendin

The Substrate Crisis Deepens

Despite the pandemic lock-down, demand for electronic products and services remains strong.

China Surges Past Americas and Japan in IC Capacity

Back in 2012, China ranked fifth among seven regions worldwide in IC wafer capacity but surged past the Americas and Japan in 2018 and 2019 to claim the number three position (figure 1).

Critical Subsystems Suppliers Raise Their Game to Deliver Record Revenues in 2020

Sales of critical subsystems for use in semiconductor manufacturing equipment will exceed $12.2 billion in 2020, a 6% increase over the previous record of $11.5 billion reached in 2018.

Global Chip Equipment Billings Continue to Soar Amid Pandemic

The global economy has started down a gradual path to recovery from COVID-19 in recent months as the world continues to combat the virus.

Going the Right Way . . . if We Can Control Pandemic

Global business conditions continued to improve through October although the rate of improvement slowed a bit as pandemic concerns increased (Chart 1).

Improving 2020 … and a Brighter 2021

Economic Recovery

Cleanroom Robot Market Moves in Sync with Semiconductor Equipment

The market for vacuum and atmospheric robots used in semiconductor manufacturing equipment has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 11.7% since 2015 and is expected to top $1 billion in