NEW TRIPOLI, Pennsylvania --- The market for 300-mm wafer front-end equipment will be $7.8 billion in 2003, according to a report from The Information Network, a market research company based here. The report says it will grow even faster in 2004, by 58%, to reach a value of $12.3 billion.
The organization estimates that market to have been worth $5.1 billion in 2001 and $5.7 billion in 2002. The company puts the strong 2003 growth down to spending by semiconductor manufacturers on copper and 300-mm wafer manufacturing initiatives.
"In 2002 we saw a 12.0% in the 300-mm market, which increased from $5.1 billion in 2001 to $5.7 billion in 2002, while at the same time the total market value of the front-end sector of processing equipment dropped 25.1%," said Robert Castellano, president of The Information Network, in a statement. "300-mm revenues increased to represent 38.7% of the front-end market," he added.
Revenues of 300-mm processing -- including CMP, CVD, PVD, etch, implant, lithography, metrology, resist track, RTP/diffusion, and strip/clean -- will grow to represent 45.3% of all front-end tools sold in 2003, the company said. Of these sub-categories the lithography sector is the largest, and should represent a 46.8% market share of total revenues in 2003.
"The strong growth of 300mm fabs and fab equipment in 2002 during a second year of a downturn in the overall semiconductor industry is due to the substantial savings of up to 40% that could be realized by 300mm chip production," added Dr. Castellano. "That trend will continue in as chip manufacturers move to smaller feature sizes to remain competitive and build on a 300mm platform to further reduce costs."
The Information Network is a leading consulting and market research company addressing the semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries.