There was a very interesting article written and published on EE Times.com the other day regarding some semiconductor companies that are heading if not already in trouble. Having worked and been associated with the semiconductor industry for about 10 years now, this was great reading and yet, not a total shock. The article can be found here and is 3 parts.
I have worked with some of the companies listed and worked for one of them as well. It is tough times for semiconductor companies and especially those in the capitol equipment segment. But, if these companies can prevail through these tough economic times, they should be able to flourish again when things turn around.