About the Semiconductor Chip Handlers Market
The robust demand for smart devices, along with growing IC applications in the automotive sector since 2010, has increased the demand for semiconductor chips in the market. This compels semiconductor manufacturers to boost their production capacities by adopting high-speed, high-precision chip handlers. The majority of chip handlers use pick-and-place, gravity-feed, turret, or test-in-strip technologies. The type of packaged device, test parallelism, thermal requirements, and signal interface requirements are the factors that determine the appropriate handling approach for testing.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global semiconductor chip handler market to grow at a CAGR of 4.47% during the period 2016-2020.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global semiconductor chip handler market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, Technavio considers the revenue generated from the sales of automated test equipment and the contribution of chip handlers in the automated test equipment market.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Semiconductor Chip Handler Market 2016-2020
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global semiconductor chip handler market: Seiko Epson, Multitest, ASM Pacific Technology, Cohu, Advantest, and Boston Semi Equipment.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: CST, Exatron, Hon Technologies, SRM Integration, SYNAX, and Xeltek.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “Increasing number of fabless semiconductor companies and test houses will be a major trend in this market. One of the main reasons behind semiconductor companies going fabless is to minimize the overheads involved in foundry operations and maintenance. The majority of semiconductor companies are designing and developing their solutions and outsourcing fabrication- and foundry-related functions to IC companies specialized in manufacturing, assembling, and testing.”
According to the report, one driver leading to the growth of this market is the miniaturization of electronic devices. The demand for compact electronic devices has been aggregating in sectors such as communication device, automotive, industrial manufacturing, and healthcare equipment. This has forced semiconductor IC manufacturers to invest in R&D to reduce the size and improve the performance of ICs, leading to the emergence of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and 3D stacked ICs based on through-silicon vias.
Further, the report states that the cyclical nature of semiconductor industry will be a major growth inhibiting factor for this market. The global semiconductor test market is highly dependent on the growth in the sales of semiconductor ICs, which, in turn, relies on the sales of electronic devices. Fluctuating demand for electronic products makes forecasting of the semiconductor market difficult, leading to oversupply or undersupply of semiconductor ICs. As a result, vendors need to meet varying demand for ICs as per their production capacities and maintain the demand-supply equation.
Seiko Epson, Multitest, ASM Pacific Technology, Cohu, Advantest, Boston Semi Equipment, CST, Exatron, Hon Technologies, SRM Integration, SYNAX, and Xeltek.