|[May 26, 2014]
Research and Markets: Global Optical Patterned Wafer Inspection Equipment Market Report 2014-2018: Applied Materials Inc. & KLA Tencor Corp Dominates the Industry
DUBLIN --(Business Wire)--
Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nwb662/global_optical)
has announced the addition of the "Global
Optical Patterned Wafer Inspection Equipment Market 2014-2018"
report to their offering.
Optical patterned wafer inspection equipment is sold across the globe to
numerous semiconductor manufacturers. In this respect, the APAC region
accounted for the highest number of optical patterned wafer inspection
equipment sold. This can be understood from the fact that the APAC
region is today the largest base for semiconductor manufacturers. The
APAC region is expected to continue its dominance in the market during
the forecast period. Countries such as China, Taiwan, South Korea, and
Japan are home to firms that have a strong hold on the global
Electronics Manufacturing industry and this is the key reason for the
dominance of the APAC region in this market.
One of the major drivers in this market is the increaing demand for the
integration and miniaturization of semiconductor devices. Semiconductor
foundries are focusing on integrating different features, reducing the
size of semiconductor wafers, and lowering IC power consumption.
Therefore, the use of optical patterned wafer inspection equipment has
increased in recent years as a result of the growing number of
Rapid technological advancements such as transition from 300mm wafer to
450mm wafers, increasing adoption of FinFET architecture, emergence of
3D ICs, and introduction of 3D NAND architecture present a strong growth
opportunity for optical patterned wafer inspection equipment. With the
introduction of new technologies, the complexity of the semiconductor
device also increases. This in turn paves the way for the use of
inspection tools and equipment. Thus, it has become increasingly
important for semiconductor inspection systems to ensure the reliability
of semiconductors since semiconductors are expected to become more
complex and advanced. This trend is expected to have a medium-term
impact on the growth of the market over the next few years.
Further, the report states that one of the major challenges in this
market is the cyclical nature of the Semiconductor industry. The revenue
generated in the Semiconductor industry is cyclical in nature because of
the fluctuating demand for semiconductors deployed in electronic
products. Very often, production tends to exceed demand, resulting in an
inventory pile-up. As a result, optical patterned wafer inspection
equipment manufacturers often experience fluctuating revenue which in
turn adversely affects their profitability.
Applied Materials (News - Alert) Inc.
KLA Tencor Corp.
Other Prominent Vendors
ASML Holding N.V.Birst Inc.
Hitachi (News - Alert) High-technologies Corp.
Tokyo Seimitsu Co. Ltd.
Toray Engineering Co. Ltd.
For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nwb662/global_optical
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