Market Trends: Rising Costs of Production Limit Availability of Leading-Edge Fabs

Archived Published: 17 September 2012 ID: G00238123

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Increasing costs of manufacturing equipment will drive the average cost of semiconductor fabs to between $15 billion and $20 billion by 2020.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Market Trend
    • Minimum Feature Sizes in Leading-Edge Semiconductor Manufacturing Continue to Decline
    • The Cost of Equipment Is Increasing With Each New Node
    • Fab Costs Are Increasing
  • Market: Fab Capital Spending Concentration Increases
  • Contrarian View: 450 mm Achieves Its Stated Cost Goals Sooner Than Expected
  • Vendors to Watch
  • Conclusions
  • Recommended Reading
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