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 that 2013 test consumables (probe cards, sockets, device interface boards) market for North America is about $530 million. More information will be available at the upcoming SEMICON West 2013 on July 9-11 in San Francisco. Over 50 hours of technical programs and 560+ exhibitors will be available at SEMICON West 2013 to provide the best answers to your questions about 450mm, EUV, 3D-IC, emerging technologies, roadmaps, and more. For information on SEMICON West 2013 (July 9-11), please visit www.semiconwest.org. Free registration for SEMICON West 2013 ends May 10. Registration includes free access to all TechXPOT sessions, keynotes and executive panels. The SEMI Industry Research and Statistics group provides market and trend information for market research, competitive analysis, and sales forecasting.