With records of all sorts being broken in the semiconductor industry in 2017, the signs for the end of the decade are promising. The top ten semiconductor R&D spenders padded their budgets with 6 percent on average compared to 2016. DRAM and NAND demand, as well as price, skyrocketed, enabling the
semiconductor industry as a whole break $400 billion for the first time. With demand looking unlikely to diminish anytime soon, the major players in this industry are ramping up their production capability, with wafer capacities projected to grow by 8 percent per annum in 2018 and 2019.