Happy new year! As in the past, SBN has come up with its fearless picks for the semiconductor industry's Top 10 news stories for 2002. It was difficult--if not impossible--to come up with only 10 "top" stories in 2002.
It's a matter of debate, but the No. 1 story of the year seems obvious: What happened to the anticipated recovery in the semiconductor industry in 2002? Earlier this year, analysts predicted an IC recovery in 2002, after the industry experienced a horrific year in 2001. But the much-anticipated recovery never really happened and the IC industry was another major disappointment in 2002.
There was also a tie for 10th place, which actually created 11 stories in SBN's Top 10 list for the year. Tying for 10th place included the ongoing legal battle between two lithography giants--ASML Holding NV of the Netherlands and Nikon Corp. of Japan.
The other 10th place pick was a sleeper: the new replacement for the GDSII data file format. Earlier this year, SBN broke the story that the industry was readying a new data file format--a technology that could help drive down the soaring costs of photomasks.
I'm sure some readers will disagree with our choices. SBN would like to hear from anyone who has a different opinion, comments, or even a list of top news stories for 2002. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and PClarke@cmp-europe.com
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