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Global Mask Inspection Equipment Market 2016-2020

About the Mask Inspection Equipment Market

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.

Technavio’s 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, Technavio 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:

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • Europe
Technavio's 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.

Key vendors
  • KLA-Tencor
  • Applied Materials
  • Lasertech Corporation
Other prominent vendors
  • Carl Zeiss
  • FEI
  • Hermes Microvision (HMI)
  • JEOL
  • Nanometrics
  • Nikon
  • Planar Corporation
  • Rudolph Technologies
Market driver
  • Increase in number of fabs
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market challenge
  • Dependency on limited key suppliers
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market trend
  • Evolution of IoT
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
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?


Press Release

Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Mask Inspection Equipment Market 2016-2020

Technavio 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 Technavio’s 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.



Companies Mentioned

KLA-Tencor, Applied Materials, Lasertech Corporation, Carl Zeiss, FEI, Hermes Microvision (HMI), JEOL, Nanometrics, Nikon, Planar Corporation, Rudolph Technologies.

  • Executive summary
    • Highlights
  • Scope of the report
    • Definition
    • Source year and forecast period
    • Market coverage
      • Table Kinds of captive mask shops
    • Market size computation
    • Geographical segmentation
      • Table List of countries in key regions
    • Vendor segmentation
    • Top-vendor offerings
      • Table Product offerings
  • Market research methodology
    • Research methodology
    • Economic indicators
  • Introduction
    • Key market highlights
  • Market landscape
    • Market overview
      • Table Semiconductor value chain
      • Table Semiconductor wafer fabrication process
      • Table Steps involved in front-end production process
      • Table Steps involved in back-end production process
  • Process diagnostics in semiconductor industry
    • Table Types of process diagnostics in semiconductor industry
    • Wafer inspection
      • Table Types of wafer inspection
      • Table Strength and limitations of unpatterned wafer inspection equipment
      • Table E-beam patterned wafer inspection equipment market share (%)
      • Table Comparison between optical and e-beam wafer inspection equipment
    • Mask inspection
      • Table Segregation of mask inspection equipment market 2015
    • Process monitoring and curve tracers
    • Material monitoring
      • Table Material monitoring industry by type
      • Table Liquid monitoring instruments 2015-2020 (% share)
    • Market size and forecast of mask inspection equipment
      • Table Global mask inspection equipment market 2016-2020 ($ millions)
    • Five forces analysis
      • Table Five forces analysis
  • Market segmentation by end-user
    • Global mask inspection equipment market by end-user 2015
      • Table Global mask inspection equipment market by end-user 2015
    • Global mask inspection equipment market by end-user 2020
      • Table Global mask inspection equipment market by end-user 2020
    • Captive mask shops
      • Table Global mask inspection equipment market by captive mask shops 2015-2020 ($ millions)
      • Table Revenue share of semiconductor device manufacturers in terms of mask inspection systems
    • Merchant mask shops
      • Table Global mask inspection equipment market by merchant mask shops 2015-2020 ($ millions)
  • Market segmentation by type
    • Mask inspection equipment market by technology
      • Table Global mask inspection equipment market by technology (% share)
  • Geographical segmentation
    • Global mask inspection equipment market by region
      • Table Global mask inspection equipment market by region 2015 (% share)
      • Table Global mask inspection equipment market by region 2020 (% share)
    • APAC
      • Table Mask inspection equipment market in APAC 2015-2020 ($ millions)
    • Americas
      • Table Mask inspection equipment market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ millions)
    • Europe
      • Table Mask inspection equipment market in EMEA 2015-2020 ($ millions)
  • Market drivers
    • Increase in number of fabs
      • Table Global NAND flash market 2015-2020 (% share)
    • Growing demand for SoC technology
      • Table CAGR of LED chip and sensor markets 2015-2020
    • High precision requirement in miniaturized electronic devices
    • Explosive growth of wireless computing devices
    • Lack of alternatives to photomask technology in semiconductor device fabrication
  • Impact of drivers
    • Table Impact of drivers
  • Market challenges
    • Need for high initial capital investment
    • High inventory levels in supply chain
      • Table Global semiconductor market trend 1990-2015 ($ billions)
    • Dependency on limited key suppliers
    • Rising complexity of masks
  • Impact of drivers and challenges
    • Table Impact of drivers and challenges
  • Market trends
    • Constant decline in lithography wavelength
      • Table Node transition in semiconductor industry
    • Evolution of IoT
      • Table Requirement for IoT
    • Growing demand for memory devices
      • Table CAGR of 3D NAND and DRAM 2016-2020
    • Proliferation of wearable devices
    • Increase in wafer size
      • Table Timeline for semiconductor wafer size advancements
    • Short replacement cycle of mobile devices
    • Development of smart cities
  • Vendor landscape
    • Competitive scenario
      • Table Market share of key vendors in global mask inspection equipment market 2015
    • Key vendors
      • Table KLA-Tencor: Revenue contribution of two operating segments (% share)
      • Table KLA-Tencor: Comparison of segments 2013-2015 ($ billions)
      • Table KLA-Tencor: Revenue of defect inspection segment 2013-2015 ($ billions)
      • Table KLA-Tencor: R&D expenses 2013-2015 ($ millions)
      • Table KLA-Tencor: Offerings in mask or rectile inspection
      • Table Applied Materials: Revenue contribution by segment 2015 (% share)
      • Table Applied Materials: Revenue break-up by segment 2015
      • Table Applied Materials: Silicon systems 2014-2015 ($ billions)
      • Table Applied Materials: R&D expenses 2011-2015 ($ billions)
      • Table Applied Materials: Mask inspection equipment offerings
      • Table Lasertech Corporation: Revenue contribution from segments up to June 2015 (% share)
      • Table Lasertech Corporation: Sales comparison 2014 and 2015 ($ millions)
    • Other prominent vendors
      • Table Other vendors in global mask inspection equipment market
  • Appendix
    • List of abbreviations
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