The top five semiconductor metrology/inspection equipment vendors grew 17.7% in 2017 according to the report “Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control in VLSI Manufacturing”, recently published by The Information Network, (www.theinformationnet.com) a New Tripoli, PA-based market research company.
The top three metrology/inspection suppliers were KLA-Tencor, Applied Materials Hitachi High Tech, Nanometrics, and Rudolph Technologies. These five companiesincreased their collective share of the overall global market to 87.0% in 2017, up from 82.4% in 2016.
The report covers 27 different sectors and subsectors. With its large market share, KLA-Tencor led most of the sectors and subsectors. Applied Materials led the Defect Review Sector, Hitachi High Tech led the CD Inspection sector, Nanometrics held a large share of the Thin Film Metrology Sector, and Rudolph Technology led the Back-End Inspection market.
China and memory (DRAM and 3D NAND) are currently driving demand for the global wafer fab equipment market.
Orders for KLA-Tencor equipment from native Chinese customers nearly tripled in 2017 and this strong momentum is expected to continue into 2018.
China continues to be a strong focus for Rudolph Technologies. Revenue from China has more than doubled in the last two years. Rudolph’s revenue from advanced memory applications in both three DRAM and 3D NAND grew by 80% year-over-year as customers in Korea increased capacity to meet growing global demand for advanced memory used in cloud computing and mobile applications.