The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global sputtering equipment market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, Technavio analysts consider the revenue generated from top 4 vendors along with the historical trend. It excludes shipments and replacement or aftermarket services.
Sputter deposition is an essential step of semiconductor manufacturing. It is extensively used to deposit thin films of different materials used in IC processing on a substrate. The wafer, which is commonly called the substrate, gets coated with a thin film during the sputtering process. Anti-reflection coatings on glass are also done using the sputtering process. It is also used to deposit thin layers of silver and metal oxide like zinc oxide, tin oxide, or titanium dioxide on the substrate.
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Technavio hardware and semiconductor analysts highlight the following three factors that are contributing to the growth of the global sputtering equipment market:
Increased use of electronic semiconductor devices
Semiconductor devices use the electronic properties of semiconductor materials like silicon and germanium. These devices are increasingly being used in innovative devices such as smartphones, tablets, electric cars, wearable devices, smart air conditioners, and aircraft. With the growing demand for digitization and Internet of Things, the demand for semiconductor products is also rising.
Sunil Kumar Singh, a lead semiconductor equipment research analyst at Technavio, says, “IoT is a major driving factor for sensors, actuators, and computing devices. Semiconductor devices are also being used in industrial applications like airborne enhanced vision systems, spectrometry, gas leak detection systems, fire detection, and nondestructive testing systems.”
Consumer electronics driving semiconductor equipment industry
Consumers are increasingly spending on electronic devices, which are both affordable and easily available. Mobile connected devices (like smartphones and tablets) have led to the demand for consumer portables such as notebooks, netbooks, camcorders, and digital cameras. As users become increasingly reliant on these smart devices, the market for consumer electronic devices will grow rapidly. In 2016, the smartphone market experienced a massive rise.
“The demand for improved functionality of smart devices requires a high level of integration. The ICs used in the smart devices undergo a fabrication process that uses the sputtering equipment,” adds Sunil.
Increased demand for miniaturized ICs
Miniaturized products are increasingly being used in mobile applications. They are also used in other autonomous systems that use electronic devices manufactured using the latest technology. Currently, semiconductors with circuit line widths in the range of 0-20 nm range are used in electronic devices.
However, ultra-miniature circuits having line widths in the range of 0-10 nm will be introduced during the forecast period. This will meet the increasing demand for compact electronic devices in sectors such as telecommunication, automotive, industrial manufacturing, and healthcare.
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