Veldhoven, the Netherlands, December 6, 2010
ASML Holding NV (ASML) sees stronger than expected demand for lithography equipment, coming from most semiconductor market segments. While DRAM lithography demand is weakening less than originally planned, NAND Flash memory investments for the high volume ramp of new technologies and Foundry/Logic commitments for new strategic fab projects are driving brisk lithography demand for 2011.
As a result of this demand, ASML is increasing the expectation for fourth-quarter system order intake: we now expect Q4 bookings to be above €2 billion. Our previous forecast, issued at the time of publication of our third quarter earnings on October 13, 2010, was for Q4 bookings to exceed the Q3 level of €1.3 billion worth of systems. This bookings forecast does not include any orders related to our pioneering work in extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography for which we have a comprehensive technology and business development program. We are in the process of producing six NXE:3100s, our second-generation EUV model, while we have also agreed with customers on orders for nine NXE:3300 high-volume production systems to be delivered starting 2012.
ASML is the world's leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, manufacturing complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or chips. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML is traded on Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML. ASML has more than 6,900 employees (expressed in full-time equivalents), serving chip manufacturers in more than 60 locations in 15 countries.
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