Highlights of the February 2010 Edition of the Semiconductor Fab Databases

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Highlights of the February 2010 Edition of the Fab Databases

Fab Spending (constructing and equipping) heads for 88% in 2010

The February 2010 edition of the World Fab Forecast, FabFutures, World Fab Watch, and the 300mm Fab databases have been published and available to our subscribers.

Here are a few highlights from our World Fab Forecast:


  • Of the 1097 facilities listed, 952 facilities are in operation.
  • Since our last publication (November ’09 edition):
    - We’ve made 215 changes on 169 facilities.
    - We’ve added 18 facilities: added new fab; added existing fab
    - We’ve noted that 14 facilities were closed or cancelled.

  • 2010 spending on fab construction projects is expected to increase by about 85% to $3.7B (Nov ‘09 report was 70% growth to $2.7B). 2011 is expected to increase by about 25% to $4.6B
  • In 2010, six new facilities (including MEMS, LEDs and R&D) are expected to begin construction (same number as in Nov 09 report). Three are for LEDs & MEMS, two for Memory and one for Foundry.
  • Spending on equipping facilities is expected to increase to over 88% to over $27B in 2010 (was 65% growth and $23B identified in the Nov ‘09 report). 2011 is expected to increase by about 38%.
  • Installed capacity is expected to increase by about 5.8% in 2010 to over 16 million wafers per month (after a decline of almost 4% in 2009).
  • Most installed capacity coming on-line in 2010 is for Foundries with about 13.2% capacity growth (up from 9.6% growth in Nov 09), followed by memories with about 6.8% growth (up from 4.6% in the Nov ‘09 report).

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