Unknown Analyst -
Okay. One last question. On the 28-nanometer ramp, compared to the 40 nanometer, we know that foundries have suffered quite a bit on the yield issue in 40 nanometers. Based on what you’ve seen on 28, is the yield issues getting more difficult, or it’s pretty much at the same level?
Richard Wallace (KLA CEO)
When I talk to customers — and we have a lot of conversations the last couple of weeks, I’d say more difficult, more challenging. And 40 was interesting because as you know, a lot of people are going to do 45 and then they move to 40, and they were surprised by how difficult the yield was. And that was the catalyst for a lot of business for us. But if you look at 28, it’s actually harder. Now they’re a little more aware of the challenges, but we’re getting pushed very hard to bring out our latest capability and technology to get it in line because I think our customers are pretty aware that they’re missing critical defects in areas that are going to cause problems for them. And there’s also a metrology challenges. So I think more difficult and a lot of interest in technology buys. And obviously, if we did have a prolonged softening, I think the technology position for K-T plays pretty well into that space because of the yield challenges they’re seeing. No question.
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All in all, a tough week – and I didn’t even bother to touch on the mess in Washington. Keep the faith though. It will get better. Technology and chip manufacturing will continue to roll forward – with a few bumps along the way. Today’s sentiment clearly lands on the bearish side of the ledger. That’s a good thing if you are looking to pick up some bargains.