Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2014
Issue 1


2014 Forecast

2014 Outlook: An era of unprecedented change

We asked leading industry experts and analysts to give us their perspectives on what we can expect in 2014.

Business Outlook

"Crisis? What Crisis?": New paradigm adjustments for capacity and equipment spending

Worldwide, the semiconductor industry growth rate back in 1973 was about 30 percent and slipped into 1975 with negative sales growth rates.

Advanced Packaging

A square peg in a round hole: The economics of panel-based lithography for advanced packaging

Moving from round wafers to rectangular panels saves corner space, delivering a roughly 10% improvement in surface utilization.


The impact on OPC and SRAF caused by EUV shadowing effect

EUV’s off-axis mask illumination introduces a special problem in EUV OPC the shadowing effect.


Micron revenue surges after Elpida deal officially closes

Micron Technology surged 130 percent in revenue during the third quarter as it finally closed its acquisition of bankrupt Elpida Memory of Japan, a vigorous ascent that also propelled the total market for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) to its best performance yet in 11 quarters.

TSMC, Samsung and Micron top list of IC industry capacity leaders

The top 10 companies now hold 67% of worldwide IC industry capacity, up from 54% in 2009.

Economic recovery and pervasive computing to propel semiconductor manufacturing supply chain

Macroeconomic and microelectronic industry growth opportunities and innovation challenges underscored diverse perspectives from analysts, economists, technologists, semiconductor manufacturers and supply chain executives speaking at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) that opened yesterday.

Book-to-bill ratio continues to improve

The December three-month average bookings were at the highest level since June 2012 - a positive sign for the 2014 spending outlook.