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Deja vu, Circa 1978 - The Silicon Cycle - Here We Go Again
Posted by: Anonymous
Posted on: 06/30/08 02:11:48 PM
An amazing set of quotations--a true "Who's who" of the equipment industry in the late 1970s. Also interesting is the "Who isn't who" anymore and the "Who wasn't who" then. Who isn't who includes cited companies such as Cobilt, Kasper, Perkin Elmer, GCA and MTI? All gone. So too ETEC and ADE by acquisition.
Who wasn't who missed the current stars in the equipment universe. Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron did exist in the late 1970s but drew no mention in the article. Novellus, KLA-Tencor, ASML and Lam either did not exist or had yet to develop a revenue stream at the time of this article.
One company continues to be an industry touchstone: K&S continues to roll along.