Semiconductor wafer fabrication refers to the process for production of photonic and electrical circuits that include RF (radio frequency amplifiers), LEDs, and optical computer components. Semiconductor equipment plays a pivotal role in IC manufacturing by transforming a bare silicon wafer into a circuit. A number of chemical and photolithographic processes are involved in creating a semiconductor device. The global semiconductor wafer fab equipment market is expected to grow significantly with growing demand for silicon wafers across various sectors.
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Consumer Electronics Industry to Fuel Global Semiconductor Wafer Fab Equipment Market
Growing demand from the consumer electronics industry has propelled the global semiconductor wafer fab equipment market. Increasing technological advancements in the semiconductor and telecom sectors have further augmented the market growth. In the next couple of years, the demand for silicon wafer and equipment footprint will help in analyzing the growth of the semiconductor wafer fab equipment market. The overall market has a huge opportunity to grow with innovation in wafer technologies that has led to “denser packaging” of devices such as transistors and MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system).
Significant Demand for 300mm Wafer Fab Equipment Expected in Near Future
On the basis of wafer size, the global semiconductor wafer fab equipment market has been segmented into 150mm, 200mm, and 300mm. The Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International has projected that the demand for new 300mm wafer fab equipment will be significant in the near future. According to end user, the global semiconductor wafer fab equipment market has been categorized into retail, telecom, healthcare, banking and financial services, and others. The demand for semiconductor wafer equipment will be significantly high from telecom, banking and financial services, and retail. Semiconductor wafer fab equipment has extensive applications in smartphones, consumer audio/video and entertainment products, pagers, televisions, copiers, PC peripherals, and automotive parts.
China to Lead Global Semiconductor Wafer Fab Equipment Market
The global semiconductor wafer fab equipment market has been segmented into four key regions: Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World. Presence of major market players in North America has pushed the growth of the market in the region. However, during the forecast horizon, Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the overall semiconductor wafer fab equipment market. In Asia Pacific, China is the major market along with other countries in Southeast Asia such as India. According to the SEMI, the demand for semiconductor wafer fab equipment will be mostly from China and Southeast Asia, due to the increasing number of new fab projects in the region.
Key Players in Global Semiconductor Wafer Fab Equipment Market
Some of the key players in the global semiconductor wafer fab equipment market are Samsung, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), Intel, Motorola, and Lam Research. All the key players are focusing on increasing market share in China. Players such as Motorola have opened wafer processing plants in China. Further, the major players are acquiring lesser known chip companies. In June this year, Intel announced the acquisition of a chip company called Altera for US$ 16.7 bn.
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