Global Contact Probers Market 2017-2021
About Contact Probers
Test equipment is part of the assembly line testing of semiconductor devices. The equipment eliminates manual efforts, reduces the time involved in the semiconductor manufacturing process, and ensures high quality of the semiconductor devices. The size of such test equipment varies from small computer-driven dedicated fixed purpose testers to large programmable machines. The cost of the equipment also varies according to the size. Contact probers are test equipment devices that are used by semiconductor device manufacturers to perform wafer testing or wafer sorting. Contact probers are used to test the semiconductor die or chips while the die is still placed on the semiconductor wafer.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global contact probers market to grow at a CAGR of 4.45% during the period 2017-2021.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global contact probers market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report considers the probe stations that are used in semiconductors and life sciences and nano applications.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Contact Probers Market 2017-2021
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global contact probers market: Hitachi High-Tech Instruments, Asylum Research, and MicroXact.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: ADVANTEST, Applied Microstructures, Keysight Technologies, Cascade Microtech, FEINMETALL, and SV Probe.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is emergence of new testing technologies. The test equipment industry is witnessing the emergence of new technologies to meet the growing demand for compact and efficient semiconductor test equipment. These technologies help the test equipment vendors to improve their product offerings, which will lead to a high demand for testing probers. Self-test technologies are designed into circuits to simplify the testing procedures. TSV technology requires innovative testing technologies to ensure the reliability of semiconductors.”
According to the report, one of the major drivers for this market is miniaturization of electronic devices. There is a high demand for compact electronic devices in applications such as communication devices, automotive, industrial manufacturing, and healthcare equipment. The high demand has led the semiconductor IC manufacturers to invest in R&D to reduce the size and increase the performance of ICs. Technological innovations, such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and 3D stacked ICs based on tab-separated values (TSVs) (wherein the interconnections or vias penetrate the silicon wafer to achieve a high vias density). Due to the introduction of such advanced manufacturing processes, the number of transistors per IC has increased (without occupying any extra space), which has led to physical access limitations and increased circuit design complexity. The testing of such ICs is a challenge which has led to a high demand for advanced contact probers.
Further, the report states that one of the major factors hindering the growth of this market is Continuous price pressure on vendors. Though the semiconductor industry is cyclical in nature, there is always a price pressure on the semiconductor manufacturers. Thus, the vendors of test equipment reduce the market price of the commodities to remain competitive in the market.
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