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Semiconductor Inspection System Market Research Report Information By Type (Wafer, and Mask), By End User (SMEs And Large Enterprises), And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) โ€“Industry Size, Share and Growth Till 2032

ID: MRFR/SEM/1265-CR | 110 Pages | Author: Ankit Gupta| February 2020

Global Semiconductor Inspection System Market Overview:

Semiconductor Inspection System Market Size was valued at USD 6.09 Billion in 2023. The Semiconductor Inspection System market industry is projected to grow from USD 6.4005 Billion in 2024 to USD 9.07 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.45% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). Growing demand for high-performance, low-cost semiconductor chips, as well as wafer demand in the consumer electronics industry are the key market drivers enhancing the market growth.

  • January 2023- A prominent supplier of industrial embedded flash and storage products & technologies, Innodisk Corporation (Taiwan), has revealed the creation of DDR5 series DRAM that can power semiconductor autonomous optical inspection. The applications for automated optical inspection (AOI) that are related to or brought on by problems with consumer-grade dynamic random-access memory (DRAM). Applications like AOI solutions, which are now utilized at every stage of the semiconductor production process, depend heavily on DDR5 series DRAM. The demand for semiconductors is increasing, which has led to a considerable increase in the demand for automation systems to find production flaws in semiconductors.

Semiconductor Inspection System Market Overview

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Semiconductor Inspection System Market Trends

  • Growing use of smart gadgets is driving the market growth

Market CAGR for semiconductor inspection system is being driven by the rising linked and smart gadgets. Globally, linked and smart gadgets have seen significant acceptance. Traditional antique gadgets and circuits have some processing capability and can accommodate multiple extra sensors in a small size. Metrology is critical in designing semiconductors and maintaining low error rates, which results in a longer device lifespan. Metrology improvements have enabled organizations to mass-produce semiconductors by lowering mistake rates. Furthermore, the smartphone consumes a huge amount of semiconductors. In recent years, the smartphone market has been extremely competitive.

The rising use of mobile phones is expected to boost the worldwide industry even further. According to Ericsson Mobility Report 2022, there will be 4.4 billion 5G subscribers globally by the end of 2027, accounting for 48 percent of all mobile subscriptions. Because electronic devices are a major driver of semiconductor demand, the rising push to embrace 5G technology globally will likely increase demand for different electronic devices, favorably boosting market development. Consumer electronics manufacturers are increasingly requiring sophisticated and miniaturised semiconductor components and parts.

Furthermore, the introduction of novel manufacturing processes and device designs, such as 3D NAND, 3D finFET transistors, improved self-aligned multiple patterning, and EUV lithography, is causing a paradigm change in metrology/inspection requirements. The increased need for electronic items is likely to drive up demand for metrology equipment. Technological advances have enabled next-generation high-precision equipment to become typical features in manufacturing lines.

Growing smart device applications, increasing industrial automation, and broad chip integration in automobiles drive worldwide semiconductor demand. In semiconductor inspection, wafer and mask inspection and other metrology and inspection systems are employed; the systems identify faults and assure the quality of produced semiconductor devices. Because of the increased demand for semiconductors, manufacturers focus on increasing their manufacturing facilities, resulting in greater use of semiconductor metrology and inspection equipment. Most players are launching innovative products in the market. In November 2020, Hitachi High-Tech Corporation, for example, will release the SEM*1 CR7300 high-speed flaw inspection. The CR7300 is a new review SEM that will aid in the productivity of semiconductor device manufacture. It is based on electron optics, which enables high-resolution image capture. Simultaneously, new imaging and stage technologies enable high-speed picture capture in half the time of old approaches, significantly lowering total inspection time. Thus, driving the Semiconductor Inspection System market revenue.

Semiconductor Inspection System Market Segment Insights:

Semiconductor Inspection System Type Insights

The Semiconductor Inspection System Market segmentation, based on type, includes wafers and masks. The wafers segment dominated the market, accounting for 65% of market revenue. A wafer is a thin slice of semiconductor, such as crystalline silicon, used to make integrated circuits and solar cells. Physical and pattern flaws on wafers are detected via wafer semiconductor inspection systems. Wafer inspection systems actively maintain high process throughput and detect particles at the bottom of contact holes and on the surface, resulting in market growth. Because it is intended to identify the location coordinates of flaws (X, Y). The adherence of dust or particles is one of the reasons for faults. As a result, it is impossible to foresee where flaws may arise. It is a method of identifying particles or flaws in a wafer. It enables engineers to quickly discover, fix, and monitor deviations to enhance quality control and improve device performance.

  • February 2023- The brand-new Wi8i G2 PRO Wafer Vision Inspection Handler, introduced by VuTrox, is intended to provide users in the semiconductor market with high flexibility in wafer handling, coverage of various semiconductor processes, and high-accuracy inspection results. It also expands the inspection capabilities of the business's current Wi8i G2 Wafer Vision Inspection Handler. Hardware and programming features have been added to the new Wi8i G2 PRO system to support the inspection needs for both mounted wafers and bare wafers (pre-dicing process). When checking these two wafer types of the same size, this novel design removes the requirement for hardware conversion on the wafer robot arm and is appropriate for production requiring both pre- and post-dicing procedures as well as having high-mix-low-volume both of bare & mounted wafers.

  • April 2022- The MATRICS X9ULTRA series, a mask inspection system created to check photomasks utilized in extreme ultraviolet lithography while the pellicles are detached, was released by Lasertec. The recently announced X9ULTRA series improves upon the performance of its forerunner models by performing better at particle detection on pellicle-less EUV masks. The recently announced X9 ULTRA series from Lasertec employs a high NA objective lens and a newly created high-power 193nm laser light source to deliver better detection performance than the prior versions.

Semiconductor Inspection System End User Insights

Based on End Users, the Semiconductor Inspection System Market segmentation includes SMEs and Large Enterprises. The large enterprises category generated the most income (70.4%) because of rising industrialization and the requirement for a diverse range of equipment to work in large-scale assembly. Large organizations might outsource supplementary companies to focus on their core competencies.

Figure 1: Semiconductor Inspection System Market, by End User, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)

Semiconductor Inspection System Market, by End User, 2022 & 2032

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Semiconductor Inspection System Regional Insights

By region, the study provides the market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. The North American Semiconductor Inspection System market area will dominate this market, This is due to the existence of significant enterprises working on the production of semiconductor inspection system equipment. Consumer electronics, industrial, telecommunications, data centres, and automotive are among industries that employ integrated circuits.

Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The US, Canada, German, India, Australia, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, South Korea, and Brazil.

Figure 2: Semiconductor Inspection System Market SHARE BY REGION 2022 (USD Billion)

Semiconductor Inspection System Market SHARE BY REGION 2022

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Europe Semiconductor Inspection System market accounts for the second-largest market share. Recent technological advancements have significantly led to a significant revolution in the semiconductor inspection system. The growing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the introduction of linked devices are likely to drive the global market for semiconductor inspection systems forward. Furthermore, the German Semiconductor Inspection System market dominated, while the UK Semiconductor Inspection System market was the fastest expanding in the European area.

Between 2023 and 2032, the Asia-Pacific Semiconductor Inspection System Market is estimated to develop at the quickest CAGR. The key drivers of market expansion include rising demand for high-performance, low-cost semiconductors. Semiconductor inspection systems provide critical benefits such as equipment fault identification, durability, and high performance, and minimal production delays are driving market growth. Moreover, China’s Semiconductor Inspection System market held the largest market share, and The Indian Semiconductor Inspection System market was the Asia-Pacific region's fastest growing.

Semiconductor Inspection System Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

Leading market companies are extensively spending R&D on increasing their product lines, which will help the Semiconductor Inspection System market grow even more. Important market developments include new product releases, contractual agreements, acquisitions and mergers, greater investments, and collaboration with other organizations. The Semiconductor Inspection System industry must produce cost-effective merchandise to flourish and thrive in a more competitive and increasing market climate.

Manufacturing locally to reduce operating costs is an effective business strategy manufacturers use in the worldwide Semiconductor Inspection System industry to serve clients and expand the market sector. The Semiconductor Inspection System industry has recently provided some of the most important benefits. KLA Corporation, Kraft Wafers Group Inc., and other major competitors in the Semiconductor Inspection System market are seeking to raise consumer demand by investing in research and development activities.

KLA Corporation is a capital equipment firm headquartered in Milpitas, California. It provides semiconductor and other related nanoelectronics businesses with process control and yield management technologies. From research and development through final volume manufacture, the company's products and services are aimed at all stages of wafer, reticle, integrated circuit (IC), and package production. They combine the size of a global leader with a broader portfolio of cutting-edge technologies such as unpatterned wafer quality, 3D metrology spanning the chip from nanometer-scale transistors to micron-level die-interconnects, macro defect inspection of wafers and packages, metal interconnect composition, factory analytics, and lithography for advanced semiconductor packaging. The breadth of this range enables us to cooperate with customers on process yields and process modifications from bare silicon wafers through final back-end packaging. Onto Innovation's software provides clients with a better knowledge of how various operations influence the entire product, allowing them to increase product quality and dependability. In December 2022, KLA Corporation, a new Axion T2000 X-ray metrology equipment for manufacturers of advanced memory chips, has been released. The Axion T2000 uses patented methods to measure high aspect ratio device characteristics with previously unheard-of levels of resolution, accuracy, precision, and speed.

With its unique insight across the semiconductor value chain, Onto Innovation stands alone in process control. They assist their clients in resolving their most challenging yield, device performance, quality, and reliability concerns. By making consumers smarter, quicker, and more efficient, Onto Innovation will optimize their crucial advancement route. Onto Innovation, headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, provides its customers with a global sales and service organization. In June 2022, Onto Innovation Inc., a top-three semiconductor manufacturer, got the Dragonfly G3 system with the new EB40 module. The system and module provide an all-surface wafer inspection to address yield loss caused by faults on the wafer edge and backside that span both the front-end and back-end processes.

Key Companies in the Semiconductor Inspection System market include

  • Rudolph Technologies, Inc.

  • JEOL Ltd.

  • Hitachi High-Technologies Corp

  • Nanometrics, Inc.

  • KLA-Tencor Corporation

  • Applied Materials, Inc.

  • Nikon Metrology NV

  • Lasertec Corporation

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

  • ASML Holding NV.

Semiconductor Inspection System Industry Developments

September 2022: KLA Corporation intends to construct a new R&D and production facility in Newport, Wales, United Kingdom. The new center will cost over USD 100 million and have a floor area of 200,000 square feet.

July 2022: Onto Innovation Inc. has revealed the newest addition to its Acoustic Metrology product line. The new Echo system increases the addressable market for in-line characterization of opaque films, which is projected to be worth USD 110 million. This is accomplished using the picosecond ultrasonics approach to provide vital thickness measurement and material characterization for major technological transitions in the cutting-edge DRAM and high-stack NAND memory sectors.

Semiconductor Inspection System Market Segmentation:

Semiconductor Inspection System Type Outlook

  • Wafer

  • Mask

Semiconductor Inspection System End User Outlook

  • SMEs

  • Large Enterprises

Semiconductor Inspection System Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2023 USD 6.09 Billion
Market Size 2024 USD 6.4005 Billion
Market Size 2032 USD 9.07 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 4.45% (2024-2032)
Base Year 2023
Market Forecast Period 2024-2032
Historical Data 2018- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Type, End User, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The US, Canada, German, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Rudolph Technologies, Inc., JEOL Ltd., Hitachi High-Technologies Corp., Nanometrics, Inc., KLA-Tencor Corporation, Applied Materials, Inc., Nikon Metrology NV, Lasertec Corporation, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., and ASML Holding NV
Key Market Opportunities High adoption of smart devices by the consumers.
Key Market Dynamics Growing demand for high-performing and low-cost semiconductor chips.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The Semiconductor Inspection System Market size was valued at USD 6.09 Billion in 2023.

The global market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.45% during the forecast period, 2024-2032.

North America had the largest share in the global market

The key players in the market are Rudolph Technologies, Inc., JEOL Ltd., Hitachi High-Technologies Corp., Nanometrics, Inc., KLA-Tencor Corporation.

The wafer dominated the market in 2022.

The SMEs had the largest share in the global market.

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