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Research and Markets: Global Optical Patterned Wafer Inspection Equipment Market Report 2014-2018: Applied Materials Inc. & KLA Tencor Corp Dominates the Industry

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Global Optical Patterned Wafer Inspection Equipment Market 2014-2018" report to their offering.

Optical patterned wafer inspection equipment is sold across the globe to numerous semiconductor manufacturers. In this respect, the APAC region accounted for the highest number of optical patterned wafer inspection equipment sold. This can be understood from the fact that the APAC region is today the largest base for semiconductor manufacturers. The APAC region is expected to continue its dominance in the market during the forecast period. Countries such as China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan are home to firms that have a strong hold on the global Electronics Manufacturing industry and this is the key reason for the dominance of the APAC region in this market.

One of the major drivers in this market is the increasing demand for the integration and miniaturization of semiconductor devices. Semiconductor foundries are focusing on integrating different features, reducing the size of semiconductor wafers, and lowering IC power consumption. Therefore, the use of optical patterned wafer inspection equipment has increased in recent years as a result of the growing number of miniaturized wafers.

Rapid technological advancements such as transition from 300mm wafer to 450mm wafers, increasing adoption of FinFET architecture, emergence of 3D ICs, and introduction of 3D NAND architecture present a strong growth opportunity for optical patterned wafer inspection equipment. With the introduction of new technologies, the complexity of the semiconductor device also increases. This in turn paves the way for the use of inspection tools and equipment. Thus, it has become increasingly important for semiconductor inspection systems to ensure the reliability of semiconductors since semiconductors are expected to become more complex and advanced. This trend is expected to have a medium-term impact on the growth of the market over the next few years.

Further, the report states that one of the major challenges in this market is the cyclical nature of the Semiconductor industry. The revenue generated in the Semiconductor industry is cyclical in nature because of the fluctuating demand for semiconductors deployed in electronic products. Very often, production tends to exceed demand, resulting in an inventory pile-up. As a result, optical patterned wafer inspection equipment manufacturers often experience fluctuating revenue which in turn adversely affects their profitability.

Key Vendors

  • Applied Materials Inc.
  • KLA Tencor Corp.

Other Prominent Vendors

  • ASML Holding N.V.Birst Inc.
  • Hitachi High-technologies Corp.
  • JEOL Ltd.
  • Tokyo Seimitsu Co. Ltd.
  • Toray Engineering Co. Ltd.

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