The semiconductor market is shifting toward complex and miniaturized devices. Semiconductor device manufacturers need higher inspection sensitivity as they move toward lower node sizes (10nm and beyond). The migration will introduce complex structures and designs, as well as new materials.
Mask inspection equipment is fab equipment that is used, before lithography, to inspect photomasks for defects during the production of semiconductor wafers. It is also used for R&D purposes. The increase in the application of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) in segments like consumer electronics, automobiles, and industries is prompting IC vendors to raise their production scales. This will compel the vendors to demand more mask inspection equipment to ensure maximum reliability of their offerings.
The analysts forecast the global mask inspection equipment market to grow at a CAGR of 11.27% during the period 2016-2020.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global mask inspection equipment market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the analyst considers the sale of mask inspection equipment or systems to global, regional, and local end-users, mainly to captive and merchant mask shops.
The report does not include revenue generated from the sale of components that are used in the production or resale of mask inspection equipment.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
The report, Global Mask Inspection Equipment Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
- Applied Materials
- Lasertech Corporation
Other prominent vendors
- Carl Zeiss
- Hermes Microvision (HMI)
- Planar Corporation
- Rudolph Technologies
- Increase in number of fabs
- Dependency on limited key suppliers
- Evolution of IoT
Key questions answered in this report
- What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
- What are the key market trends?
- What is driving this market?
- What are the challenges to market growth?
- Who are the key vendors in this market space?
- What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?
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- Source year and forecast period
- Market coverage
- Market size computation
- Geographical segmentation
- Vendor segmentation
- Top-vendor offerings
- Research methodology
- Economic indicators
- Key market highlights
- Market overview
- Wafer inspection
- Mask inspection
- Process monitoring and curve tracers
- Material monitoring
- Market size and forecast of mask inspection equipment
- Five forces analysis
- Global mask inspection equipment market by end-user 2015
- Global mask inspection equipment market by end-user 2020
- Captive mask shops
- Merchant mask shops
- Mask inspection equipment market by technology
- Global mask inspection equipment market by region
- Increase in number of fabs
- Growing demand for SoC technology
- High precision requirement in miniaturized electronic devices
- Explosive growth of wireless computing devices
- Lack of alternatives to photomask technology in semiconductor device fabrication
PART 12: Market challenges
- Need for high initial capital investment
- High inventory levels in supply chain
- Dependency on limited key suppliers
- Rising complexity of masks
PART 14: Market trends
- Constant decline in lithography wavelength
- Evolution of IoT
- Growing demand for memory devices
- Proliferation of wearable devices
- Increase in wafer size
- Short replacement cycle of mobile devices
- Development of smart cities
- Competitive scenario
- Key vendors
- Other prominent vendors
- List of abbreviations
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 01: Kinds of captive mask shops
Exhibit 02: List of countries in key regions
Exhibit 03: Product offerings
Exhibit 04: Semiconductor value chain
Exhibit 05: Semiconductor wafer fabrication process
Exhibit 06: Steps involved in front-end production process
Exhibit 07: Steps involved in back-end production process
Exhibit 08: Types of process diagnostics in semiconductor industry
Exhibit 09: Types of wafer inspection
Exhibit 10: Strength and limitations of unpatterned wafer inspection equipment
Exhibit 11: E-beam patterned wafer inspection equipment market share (%)
Exhibit 12: Comparison between optical and e-beam wafer inspection equipment
Exhibit 13: Segregation of mask inspection equipment market 2015
Exhibit 14: Material monitoring industry by type
Exhibit 15: Liquid monitoring instruments 2015-2020 (% share)
Exhibit 16: Global mask inspection equipment market 2016-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 17: Five forces analysis
Exhibit 18: Global mask inspection equipment market by end-user 2015
Exhibit 19: Global mask inspection equipment market by end-user 2020
Exhibit 20: Global mask inspection equipment market by captive mask shops 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 21: Revenue share of semiconductor device manufacturers in terms of mask inspection systems
Exhibit 22: Global mask inspection equipment market by merchant mask shops 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 23: Global mask inspection equipment market by technology (% share)
Exhibit 24: Global mask inspection equipment market by region 2015 (% share)
Exhibit 25: Global mask inspection equipment market by region 2020 (% share)
Exhibit 26: Mask inspection equipment market in APAC 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 27: Mask inspection equipment market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 28: Mask inspection equipment market in EMEA 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 29: Global NAND flash market 2015-2020 (% share)
Exhibit 30: CAGR of LED chip and sensor markets 2015-2020
Exhibit 31: Impact of drivers
Exhibit 32: Global semiconductor market trend 1990-2015 ($ billions)
Exhibit 33: Impact of drivers and challenges
Exhibit 34: Node transition in semiconductor industry
Exhibit 35: Requirement for IoT
Exhibit 36: CAGR of 3D NAND and DRAM 2016-2020
Exhibit 37: Timeline for semiconductor wafer size advancements
Exhibit 38: Market share of key vendors in global mask inspection equipment market 2015
Exhibit 39: KLA-Tencor: Revenue contribution of two operating segments (% share)
Exhibit 40: KLA-Tencor: Comparison of segments 2013-2015 ($ billions)
Exhibit 41: KLA-Tencor: Revenue of defect inspection segment 2013-2015 ($ billions)
Exhibit 42: KLA-Tencor: R&D expenses 2013-2015 ($ millions)
Exhibit 43: KLA-Tencor: Offerings in mask or rectile inspection
Exhibit 44: Applied Materials: Revenue contribution by segment 2015 (% share)
Exhibit 45: Applied Materials: Revenue break-up by segment 2015
Exhibit 46: Applied Materials: Silicon systems 2014-2015 ($ billions)
Exhibit 47: Applied Materials: R&D expenses 2011-2015 ($ billions)
Exhibit 48: Applied Materials: Mask inspection equipment offerings
Exhibit 49: Lasertech Corporation: Revenue contribution from segments up to June 2015 (% share)
Exhibit 50: Lasertech Corporation: Sales comparison 2014 and 2015 ($ millions)
Exhibit 51: Other vendors in global mask inspection equipment market
The author of the report recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global mask inspection equipment market: KLA-Tencor, Applied Materials, and Lasertech Corporation.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Carl Zeiss, FEI, Hermes Microvision (HMI), JEOL, Nanometrics, Nikon, Planar Corporation, and Rudolph Technologies.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from the research team said: “A trend which is having a very big impact on the market is the evolution of IoT. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of interconnected computing devices comprising mechanical and digital machines or objects that possess the unique ability to transfer data over the network without human-to-computer interaction. It is one of fastest growing markets globally, with about 30 billion devices - generating approximately 50 trillion GBs of data - to be connected through the IoT by 2020. The IoT allows devices to use sensors and actuators to collect and transmit data to a centralized location on a real-time basis. The adoption of the IoT is increasing in market segments such as consumer electronics, automotive, and medical.”
According to the report, a key growth driver is the increasing number of fabs. The growth of the semiconductor industry is mainly driven by surging demand for semiconductor chips and memory devices from end-user markets, such as consumer electronic devices, medical devices, and sensor systems. 2016 is expected to be a challenging year for the semiconductor industry mainly due to macroeconomic factors such as a slowdown in the Chinese economy, falling average selling prices of smartphones, and declining tablets and PC segments. However, the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), automation in automobiles, and the concept of a connected environment are expected to create substantial demand for semiconductor devices during the forecast period.
Further, the report states that one challenge that could restrict market growth is the high dependency on a few suppliers.
The study was conducted using an objective combination of primary and secondary information including inputs from key participants in the industry. The report contains a comprehensive market and vendor landscape in addition to a SWOT analysis of the key vendors.