Wafer Inspection System Market: Global Industry Analysis 2013-2017 and Opportunity Assessment 2018-2028


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Global Wafer Inspection System Market: Snapshot 

The science of finding defects on wafers also known as wafer inspection is getting costly and complex with every passing day. This is because of shrinking of instruments, complex designing, and use of new materials to manufacture the wafers. Moreover, the technology to detect the sub-30 nm defects in wafers is even more challenging with present optical inspection tools. As a result, developers are brainstorming to derive new techniques that can smoothen the process of wafer inspection with latest technologies. This development is one of many reasons that is boosting the growth of global wafer inspection market today. 

What are the Trending Techniques that Prevalent in Market Today? 

Below are few techniques that is currently trending in the global wafer inspection market: 

  • Darkfield inspection: Bases on optical technology, the techniques detects the defect on the wafers by measuring reflected light at low-angle. This technique is used in production flow. 
  • Electron-beam inspection: This technique is also widely used in production flow where it can detect the defects as small as 3nm. However, the throughput of this technique is too slow hence not used as extensively as Darkfield Inspection. 
  • Brightfield inspection: The technique make use of 190 nm light source and is considered as the workhorse in wafer fabrication. According to the experts, the technique has the limit to detect defects upto 30nm, but it can be stretched to detect the defect as low as 10 nm making the product as fine as possible. 

With these techniques, the players of global wafer inspection market are also using technology such as automation to boost the quality of their products.

The requirement of integrated circuits are increasing globally, with the introduction of new electrical products functioning on integrated circuits. This, in direct proportion, increases the demand of wafers. For better and efficient functioning of wafers, timely checks of these wafers are required. Henceforth, to administer the proper functioning and increase the life of wafers, there is a need of wafer inspection system market. The principles used for detection by wafer inspection systems are – patterned wafer inspection system & Non-patterned wafer inspection systems.

Wafer inspection system, as a market has gained power in recent times due to its applications in various sectors such as industrial segment, consumer electronics and automation. Wafer Inspection System have their major applications in consumer electronics segment, as the use of wafers and integrated circuits lies in that field.

Wafer Inspection System Market: Drivers and Restraints

The primary driver for wafer inspection system market is the increasing adoption and introduction of new electrical gadgets such as smart phones, laptops, tablets, wearables, LCDs, LEDs etc., as it directly increases the demand of wafer inspection systems.Moreover, the advantages attained such as longer wafer life, timely detection of defects and enhanced performance encourages the adoption of wafer inspection systems.

In addition to this, the emerging manufacturers with new technological innovations, in North American and Europe drives the global wafer inspection system market.

The trend of miniaturisation in wafer manufacturing is compelling wafer inspection system providers to upgrade their offerings. This is acting as one of the major restraint for wafer inspection system market. Additionally, the limited availability of manufacturers and resources also acts as a challenge for global wafer inspection system market.

Wafer Inspection System Market: Market Segmentation

Global Wafer Inspection System Market can be divided into the following segments - based on technology used and defect types

Segmentation on basis of Technology Used for Wafer Inspection System Market:

The major segments of wafer inspection system market on basis of technology used includes:

  • E-beam detection technology

  • Optical detection technology

Segmentation on basis of Defect Type forWafer Inspection System Market:

The major segments of wafer inspection system market on basis of defect detection type include:

  • Random defects detection: In this segment, wafer detection system detects the position of the physical defects attached on wafer

  • Systematic defects detection: Systematic defects are more complex and occurs in patterns, therefore are difficult to detect  

Global Wafer Inspection System Market Technology Regional Overview

APAC dominates the global wafer inspection system market due to the presence of the majority of its manufacturers in the respective region. Because of the technological advancements made, in the same, North America and Europe are expected to follow APAC in the global wafer inspection system market.

Global Wafer Inspection System Key Players

Some of the major wafer inspection system global players include Applied Materials, Inc., KLA-Tencor Corporation, ASML, Hermes Microvision, Inc., Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation, Lam Research Corporation, Nanda Technologies GmBH, NXP Semiconductors, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited, Synopsys, Inc.

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