The wafer prober market is projected to witness a compounded annual growth rate of 4.93% to grow to US$6.774 billion by 2026, from US$4.836 billion in 2019. In the semiconductor development and manufacturing process, a wafer prober is a system used for the electrical testing of wafers. In an electrical test, test signals from a measurement instrument or tester are sent by probe needles or a probe card to specific devices on a wafer, and the signals are then returned. A wafer prober is used to manipulate the wafer so that it can make contact with the device's intended location. Moreover, a wafer prober is also used in semiconductor development for testing the features of prototype ICs, reliability evaluation, and defect analysis. Highly accurate measurement and evaluation of a test element group (TEG), which includes transistors, interconnections, and other element devices for an IC, is carried out while evaluating devices and processes. This necessitates the elimination of electrical noise and signal leakage. Therefore, with the increasing use of semi-conductors in industries such as automotive and consumer electronics among others, the demand for wafer prober is also expected to increase, further propelling its market growth during the forecast period.
Increasing demand for semiconductors is expected to drive the demand for wafer probers.
One of the major factors expected to contribute to the wafer prober market growth is the increasing demand for semiconductors from its various end-users. The rise of information and communication technology, as well as the ongoing move to a digital society, is driving up demand for semiconductors. As a result, the technological requirements for semiconductor manufacturing equipment are getting more sophisticated and difficult to meet. 3D stacking, in addition to process scaling, is gaining traction in the industry because it allows for advanced packaging that incorporates many devices and heterogeneous components. Its application involves a dependable KGD wafer testing method, which requires advanced features for wafer probers. This demand is primarily expected to be fuelled by the increasing adoption of EVs around the globe. Every top automaker is working to make electric cars more accessible. Thus, with the increasing demand for semiconductors, the demand for devices needed to ascertain the performance of these semiconductors i.e., wafer prober is also expected to increase, propelling its market growth during the forecast period.
The COVID-19 pandemic limited the market growth. Due to the lockdown and other related COVID-19 measures imposed and introduced worldwide, there had been a decline in the demand for semiconductors in various sectors, such as automotive, and consumer electronics. But there had been a slight surge in the demand for semiconductors in IoT & Industrial applications, network & communication, and computing and storage sectors. There had been a surge in demand for cloud, medical appliances, devices, and work-from-home products. The market growth was slowed down in 2020, due to a shortage of critical and imperative components, logistics challenges, and delays, due to the measures imposed by governments, worldwide. Moreover, the movement of the workforce in the semiconductor industry was also impacted which had an impact on its overall production.
However, in 2021, with the opening of the economies and the lifting of other restrictive measures, market growth is expected to surge at a significant rate. There is expected to be an acceleration in the adoption of 5G solutions, an increase in the demand for cloud and infrastructure, and a rise in demand in smart manufacturing. These factors are expected to have a positive impact on the market growth, in the coming years.
|Market size value in 2019||US$4.836 billion|
|Market size value in 2026||US$6.774 billion|
|Growth Rate||CAGR of 4.93% from 2019 to 2026|
|Forecast Unit (Value)||USD Billion|
|Segments covered||Type, And Geography|
|Regions covered||North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific|
|Companies covered||FormFactor, MICRONICS JAPAN CO., LTD., SV Probe, Hprobe, MPI Corporation, ADVANTEST CORPORATION, Tokyo Electron, SemiProbe, Technoprobe, Semidice|
|Customization scope||Free report customization with purchase|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. What will be the wafer prober market size by 2026?
A1. The global wafer prober market is projected to reach a total market size of US$6.774 billion by 2026.
Q2. What is the size of the global wafer prober market?
A2. Wafer Prober Market was valued at US$4.836 billion in 2019.
Q3. What are the growth prospects for the wafer prober market?
A3. The wafer prober market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.93% during the forecast period.
Q4. How is the global wafer prober market segmented?
A4. The wafer prober market has been segmented by type and geography.
Q5. What factors are anticipated to drive the wafer prober market growth?
A5. One of the major factors expected to contribute to the wafer prober market growth is the increasing demand for semiconductors from its various end-users.
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