Order activity semiconductor equipment jumped by more than a point after taking a quick breather for the holidays. Worldwide Chip Making Equipment Markets. Semiconductor sales jumped 25% on weekly basis. Texas-California battle over the IC invention. Jack Kilby on the IC invention. Assembly Equipment Outlook. Semiconductor Stock Index was led up by SMIC. Semiconductor Equipment Stock Index was led up by Veeco Instruments. EDA Stock Index was led up by Synopsys. Electronics Materials Stock Index was led up by Shin-Etsu. VLSI's Semiconductor Stock Indices jumped this week.