Optical wafer inspection system is a type of equipment which is used for the purpose of inspecting the wafers during the processing of semiconductor like depositioning, removing, patterning, and after that modification to find out the fault in semiconductor. This equipment is also used for the purpose of doing semiconductor wafer related research. Continuously growing demand for different applications of the semiconductor ICs in different end user segments like automobile, consumer electronics and the industrial sector is actually encouraging different manufacturers to increase its production, which will in turn increase the demand for the optical wafer inspection equipment’s.
For the purpose of in detail analysis, the Optical Wafer Inspection Systems market can be categorized on the basis of product type, application and geography. Based on product type, the market can be classified into two types like dark field inspection and bright field inspection. In the optical microscopy, dark-field is used to describe an illumination technology. Bright field inspection helps to provide the highest sensitivity to defect of interest on all types of memory layers. Moreover, the report also provides the cross sectional analysis of all the above mentioned segment across different regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America.
Increasing demand of the application of the Semiconductor ICs in consumer electronics, automobile and the industrial sector which uses high quality electronic devices across different parts of the globe which triggers the requirement of optical wafer inspection in different semiconductor circuits. Since the semiconductor industry is growing at a rapid pace and it is extending its production volume, there should be a huge need for more optical wafer inspection systems during the forecast period from 2017-2025. Asia Pacific being the major consumer of different types of semiconductor devices, the optical wafer industry in this region will see huge growth in the coming few years. In addition, The growth in the adoption of telecommunication devices and the consumer electronic equipment’s like PCs, smartphones, wearable devices, LCDs, LEDs, and the SSDs have led to the high requirements for the superior quality of semiconductors like silicon-based wafer. This in turn is also expected to drive the market of optical wafer inspection systems in a positive manner during the forecast period from 2017-2025.
Factors restraining the factors like high operating cost of optical wafer inspection system and difficulty to find defect on an embedded chips. This in turn is also expected to hinder the demand of optical wafer inspection systems when different semiconductor manufacturers restrain their manufacturing because of the high quantity of left off stock.
By product type, the bright field inspection held the largest market share in 2015 owing to its quality to provide the world's first laser diode-based, three-dimensional capability in the semiconductor segment. However, the dark-field inspection is expected to experience a decent growing rate during the forecast period of 2017-2025.
Geographically, the Optical Wafer System Equipment market is being majorly driven by Asia Pacific region. The main purpose behind this region’s supremacy is due to the presence of major semiconductor foundries in this region and the growing demand of consumer electronics industry such as smart phones, tablet and television set among others. Moreover, in terms of volume growth also, this region is also expected to dominate the market during the forecast period owing to the presence of large number of semiconductor manufacturers in countries such as Japan, Taiwan and South Korea among others.
Some of the leading players operating in the Optical Wafer Inspection Systems market includes Applied Materials (The U.S), ASML Holdings (Netherlands), KLA-Tencor (The U.S), Tokyo Seimitsu (Japan) and JEOL, Ltd (Japan) among others.
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