LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has announced the top 10 leading vendors in their recent global semiconductor process control equipment market report. The report also presents the major vendors in the market that offer semiconductor process control equipment and software services across the Americas; EMEA; and APAC.
In 2015, the global semiconductor process control equipment market was dominated by KLA-Tencor accounting for 48.49% of the global market in 2015. This is because most of the end-users (semiconductor device manufacturers) share a mutual understanding with KLA-Tencor and order new semiconductor process control equipment from it. In addition, it has the necessary resources to constantly update its production line to the latest technology requirements of the semiconductor industry.
Competitive vendor landscape
The global semiconductor process controlequipment market is defined by the technological changes and the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry. The competition in the market is intense with the top three players dominating the market with around 70% market share. Therefore, to survive in this competitive environment, it is essential for vendors to differentiate their offerings and services with a clear and unique value proposition. In addition, it is difficult for new players to enter the market because of high entry barriers, such as high capital investments. With the emergence of new technologies, such as IoT and wearables, the competition among vendors will become more intense during the forecast period.
“The semiconductor process control equipment market has a considerable growth potential. The expansion in production capacity of semiconductor foundries will impact the growth of all fab equipment required in the semiconductor manufacturing process. This will create a demand for semiconductor process control systems to ensure minimal defects and maximum reliability of the yield,” says Chetan Mohan, a lead semiconductor equipment analyst from Technavio.
The competition in the inspection systems market is likely to become more intense over the forecast period as certain vendors will only focus on developing new process control technologies, such as e-beam inspection systems. The migration to smaller node sizes will result in a greater requirement for e-beam inspection systems, giving significant competition to optical inspection systems.
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Top 10 semiconductor process control equipment market vendors
Applied Materials offers manufacturing equipment and after-sales services as well as software to semiconductor, solar PV flat panel display, and related industries. It develops, manufactures, and sells manufacturing equipment used to fabricate ICs. Most of the chips are built on a silicon wafer base and has a variety of circuit components (transistors and other devices) that are attached by multiple layers of wiring (interconnects). The company offers systems that perform various processes used in chip fabrication that include chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, etch, ion implantation, chemical mechanical planarization, Epi, wet cleaning, atomic layer deposition, wafer metrology and inspection, and systems that engrave or inspect circuit patterns on masks used in the process of photolithography.
The company was formerly known as Nissei Sangyo, which was later changed to Hitachi High-Technologies in October 2001. It operates as a subsidiary of Hitachi.
It is a Japanese company that is primarily involved in the manufacturing and selling of semiconductors and process equipment. The company operates through six business segments. Process control equipment falls under the category of electronic device systems.
The company offers a wide range of products that serves the chip manufacturing, wafer manufacturing and inspection, reticle manufacturing and inspection, data storage media/head manufacturing, LED manufacturing, compound semiconductor manufacturing, MEMS manufacturing, and surface profilometry and surface metrology industries. The company’s revenue from the product segment witnessed a 7% decline in 2015, in comparison with 2014. This was primarily due to lower revenue generated from customers in countries such as Taiwan, Israel, and other countries in Asia and Europe.
The company manufactures and distributes semiconductor manufacturing equipment. It also offers equipment for measuring technology, medical technology, binoculars and planetarium technology, eyeglass lenses, microscopes, and camera and cine lenses. The company has its presence in over 40 countries, with 30 production sites spread worldwide. It has over 50 sales offices and around 25 R&D facilities.
The company is a leader in the e-beam wafer inspection system market. It focuses on developing new technologies and products and invests large amounts of money in R&D. The company’s three product lines (eScan Series, eP Series, and eXplore Series) are based on its proprietary electron gun and column technologies and highly effective defect inspection algorithms. The company manufactures e-beam wafer inspection systems and provides other process control equipment. The company offers its products and solutions to the leading semiconductor manufacturing companies.
The semiconductor industry is the main market for the company. The demand for its offerings and growth is dependent on the capital expenditures by foundries and memory manufacturers. The demand for semiconductor chips was high in the last year, driven by the demand from smartphones. This ensured considerable capital investments from semiconductor device manufacturers.
Nanometrics offers advanced high-performance process control metrology and inspection systems. The company has an installed base of more than 6,500 systems in over 150 production factories, globally. The company’s customers and OEM partners include the largest semiconductor and process equipment manufacturers in the world. The company’s revenue was USD 187.4 million in 2015. 25% of the total revenue from its customers came from Taiwan, followed by the US with 20%.
Nova Measuring Instruments
It designs, develops, produces, and sells integrated process control metrology systems and stand-alone metrology solutions used in semiconductor manufacturing process. Its metrology systems measure several thin-film properties and critical circuit dimensions during various steps in the semiconductor manufacturing process. The company offers metrology systems for thin-film measurement, which is used in chemical mechanical polishing and chemical vapor deposition applications.
It designs and manufactures defect inspection, lithography, metrology, and data analysis equipment. It operates through four business segments: Inspection business unit, metrology business unit, lithography systems group, and data analysis and review business unit. The company generated a revenue of USD 221,690 million in 2015. The inspection segment contributed the major share of the revenue with a total amount of USD 118,925 million in 2015. In September 2015, Rudolph Technologies acquired Inspection Technology of Stella Alliance.
Toray Engineering is a global provider of optical patterned wafer inspection equipment.