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Litho market: 47% downturn in 2002, growth in the future

According to Information Network analysts, the current decrease of semiconductor product demand will mostly touch manufacturers of chip making tools, in particular, litho tool makers.

According to Information Network´s new forecasts: in 2002 the global litho market will make just $3.2 billion, thatís 29% lower than $4.5 billion of 2001. On the background of 200 semiconductor boom ($6 billion sales) these values look even more humble.

From the "piece" angle the situation is even worse: only 433 systems are to be shipped in 2002, 47% lower than 822 tools of 2001 and even worse comparing to 1083 litho tools sold in 2000.

However, analysts believe the next year to be brighter. In 2003 litho shipments are expected to make $4.3 billion or 547 tools, or 25.6% industry growth. Chip makers will be most interested in new 193 nm for 90-nm production lines. Besides, next year 248-nm tools for 130-nm process are expected to start leaving the market.

Source: EE Times

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