The top four players held over 40% of the global e-beam wafer inspection system in 2016, rendering it highly consolidated. These companies are ASML, Applied Materials, Inc., KLA Tencor, and Lam Research Corporation. A common trait among these companies is their investment towards research and development for identifying any defect in semiconductor wafers, finds Transparency Market Research (TMR) in a new study. The leading players are constantly focusing on innovation to offer advanced detection procedure and so that e-beam wafer inspection system can be used in myriad applications such as smartphones and laptops.
Besides this, experts have observed a considerable rise in the number of mergers and acquisitions conducted over the past few years. Considering the dynamic business environment, companies are encouraged by the cynical nature of the semiconductor industry to enter into strategic collaborations. “Acquiring smaller companies, provides the market players a chance to expand their product portfolio and geographic footprint,” said a lead TMR analyst. The global e-beam wafer inspection system market will therefore witness a considerable rise in the number of mergers and acquisitions in the coming years.
Overall the market will exhibit an impressive 17.5% CAGR between 2017 and 2025. At this pace, the market is projected to reach US$1.06 bn by the end of 2025, from a valuation of US$248.3 million in 2016.
Asia Pacific to Remain Dominant Regional Market
Based on application, the defect imaging segment held dominance in the market with a share of 38.5% in 2016. Through the course of the forecast period, the segment is forecast to remain dominant in the market. Regionally, holding just a little short of 60% of the global e-beam wafer inspection system market, Asia Pacific emerged dominant in 2016. The growing number of electric component manufacturers in the region is expected to help Asia Pacific retain its dominance in the market through the course of the forecast period.
Demand for Miniaturization to Boost Implementation of E-beam Wafer Inspection Systems
Wafers are crucial components integrated within compact devices. For these devices to perform long and error-free, inspecting any defects in them is considered imperative. E-beam wafer inspection system helps in detecting the presence of any faults or defects in MEMs, smartphones, laptops, or other compact devices. Therefore, with the rising demand for miniaturization aimed at improving overall performance across industries, the utility of e-beam wafer inspection systems will grow in response, thus giving impetus to their market.
An e-bean is used to detect defects in voltage-contrast as well as extremely small defects. It thus provides fine resolution at a snap of a finger. E-beam wafer inspection systems also help in minimizing the charging of wafer surface by providing clear and sharper image of defects. This is a crucial factor aiding the market’s expansion worldwide. Furthermore, the demand for high-quality wafers, for use across diverse industries has positively influenced the market. Spurred by these factors, the global e-beam wafer inspection system market is forecast to report strong growth during the forecast period.
Considering the aforementioned factors, the market will significantly gain from the rising operations in the semiconductor industry. Especially in developing regions, where governments are putting in extra effort to bolster industrialization, growth is on cards for the semiconductor industry. This in turn will fuel opportunities for the global e-beam wafer inspection system market.
Advent of Substitute Inspection Systems Hindering Market’s Trajectory
On the downside, the increasing demand for substitute inspection systems will emerge as a major challenge for the market. Technologies such as focused ion beam, terahertz wafer scanner, and optical technology inspection system have made their presence felt in the wafer inspection system market, which does not bring a good news for the e-beam wafer inspection system market. Besides this, the e-beam wafer inspection system market is still reeling under the high cost of implementation, which has a negative impact on its overall prospects.
Nevertheless, growth in multi-beam inspection system holds considerable market opportunities. Its rising use in detecting defects below 2nm, will enable growth of the global e-beam wafer inspection system market in the coming years.
This review is based on a TMR report, titled “E-Beam Wafer Inspection System Market (Type - Less Than 1 nm, 1 to 10 nm, and More Than 10 nm; Application - Defect Imaging, Lithographic Qualification, Bare Wafer OQC/IQC, Wafer Dispositioning, Reticle Quality Inspection, and Inspector Recipe Optimization) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2017 - 2025.”
The report segments the global e-beam inspection system market as:
Global E-Beam Wafer Inspection System Market – By Type:
- Less Than 1 nm
- 1 to 10 nm
- More Than 10 nm
Global E-Beam Wafer Inspection System Market - By Application:
- Defect Imaging
- Lithographic Qualification
- Bare Wafer OQC/IQC
- Wafer Dispositioning
- Reticle Quality Inspection
- Inspector Recipe Optimization
Global E-Beam Wafer Inspection System Market - By Region:
- North America
- The U.S.
- The UK
- Rest Of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest Of APAC
- Middle East and Africa (MEA)
- South Africa
- Rest Of MEA
- Latin America
- Rest Of Latin America