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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.
Analysts forecast the Global Optical Patterned Wafer Inspection Equipment market to grow at a CAGR of 7.8 percent over the period 2013-2018. According to the report, 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.
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.
The Global Optical Patterned Wafer Inspection Equipment Market 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Optical Patterned Wafer Inspection Equipment market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
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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.
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