Growth in interest in semiconductors has driven capital expenditure in the sector to "an all-time high", according to Gartner.
The analyst anticipates exceptionally strong growth in all areas of the semiconductors market over 2010, slowing but continuing throughout 2012.
Klaus Rinnen, managing vice-president at Gartner, says: "The strong semiconductor growth in 2010 has driven semiconductor capital growth to all-time highs."
He adds that capital expenditure, buoyed by spending in the logic and foundry market segments, is now at 95 per cent.
While capital equipment spending is expected to level off at 4.9 per cent in 2011, the current recovery from recession is predicted to hit 122.1 per cent growth for the full year 2010.
Gartner's Semiconductors Manufacturing market channel provides insight specifically into the semiconductors segment.
This comprises analysis of emerging technologies including the firm's Hype Cycle programme, which attempts to assess which headline-grabbing innovations are likely to remain and which are likely to prove short-lived.