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ASML to buy lithography source vendor Cymer

10/17/2012 10:36 PM EDT
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MKrauss
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MKrauss   10/23/2012 7:43:16 PM
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I wonder how Nikon and Canon feel about ASML profiting from the parts and service contracts for the Cymer lasers attached to their DUV litho tools.

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de_la_rosa   10/22/2012 10:32:51 PM
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I don't know why they wasted their money. EUV is not going to work

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resistion   10/22/2012 4:25:08 PM
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The sheer cost of the Cymer purchase alone took a lot of momentum out of the investments by Intel, Samsung, and TSMC, primarily for the sake of 450 mm, and already exceeds their operating cash flow. So there is some handicapping to a degree.

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japanesegumbo   10/22/2012 3:41:27 PM
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To Diogenes53 - You're correct. We all know innovation starts in the small companies whose exit plan is to be purchased by a big guy. In the case of ETEC and many other acquisitions by AMAT they've certainly had their share of disasters. In 1981 AMAT bought Cobilt; a year later Dan Maydan commented, "Hey at least we got a building out of it." After acquisitions happen the innovation usually grinds to a halt. Corporate HQ has these strategies of grandeur, acquires a company, then throws it to a division and says, "Make something of it." Without TLC and nurturing it withers and finally dies. AMSL's purchase of Cymer is very key to its core technology, so it should work out.

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Diogenes53   10/21/2012 9:20:03 PM
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When a larger, particularly European, bureaucratic company buys a smaller company, do technology developments accelerate or decelerate? Remember when Applied Materials bought Etec, which had difficulty bringing its advanced ebeam mask writer to market? It was either disastrous or catastrophic. You couldn't reach any Etec engineers on the phone: they were in endless meetings. As a consequence, the MEBES V was stillborn, at Etec, which had an 80% market share, was dead. JEOL/NuFlare toppled them, making Etec, Applied's largest acquisition at the time, a multi-billion dollar loss, and the death of a then American icon. So....if you think the EUV and source development was too slow before (10 years late?), take a deep, deep breath.

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resistion   10/18/2012 9:19:25 AM
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One less US tech company..not good.

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