One of the major issues to IC design now and going forward is manufacturing process variations impacting product yield. Achieving high yield means functionally working die while delivering high performance and rapidly getting to market. The typical design flow has inherent issues and as a result, the design for yield (DIY) centric design flow has been developed.
Rohde & Schwarz announced their new R&S ESR EMI test receiver. The instrument measures conducted and radiated disturbances with a frequency range of 10 Hz to 7 GHz. It is compliant with the CISPR 16-1-1 standard. The R&S ESR test receiver can take EMI measurements up to 6000 times faster than other solutions. The R&S ESR makes it easy to perform acceptance testing (conducted or radiated) in line with EN/CISPR/FCC on modules, assemblies, household appliances, IT equipment, TVs, and radios. It is also ideal for acceptance testing of mobile applications, and vehicles and accessories.
Pentek introduced the RTR 2746 real-time data recording and playback instrument. The RTR 2746 can digitize analog inputs at up to 200 MS/sec per channel and stream data to mass storage at an aggregate rate of 1600 MB per second. The Pentek RTR 2746 meets MIL-STD-810F requirements for operation in harsh environments and is ideal for unmanned vehicles. Pricing of the configurable, multi-channel instrument starts at $64,995 USD and is available 10-14 weeks ARO.
Bruker introduced the Dimension Edge PSS Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). The Dimension Edge PSS AFM performs automated measurement, data collection, data analysis and report generation on 2- to 6-inch wafers for production metrology applications. It is designed for patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) metrology in high brightness light-emitting diode (HB-LED) manufacturing. The Dimension Edge PSS AFM is the ideal nano-metrology and nano-inspection system for LED substrate and epitaxial manufacturers.
The Ohmpoint Measurement System, from Rhomap, is a magneto-transport measurement tool that offers a range of software selectable sample connection probe geometries in one system. The instrument enables engineers to measure resistance in two or four point geometry, sheet resistance and magneto-transport behaviourm (including Hall effect and magnetoresistance). Rhomap is a spin-out from the Durham University’s physics department.
SEMI reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $40.47 billion in 2006, representing a year-over-year increase of 23%. SEMI is the global industry association of companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world’s chip makers. Their data is available in the Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (SEMS) Report.
Compiled from data submitted by members of SEMI and the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ), the Worldwide SEMS Report is a summary of the monthly billings and bookings figures for the global semiconductor equipment industry. The report, which includes data for seven major semiconductor producing regions and 22 product categories, shows worldwide billings totaled $40.47 billion in 2006, compared to $32.88 billion in sales posted in 2005.
For the third year in a row, the Japan market region spent the most on semiconductor equipment, growing almost 13% over 2005 to reach US$9.20 billion. North America reclaimed the number two spot with $7.32 in equipment sales. Following closely behind North America were the regions of Taiwan and South Korea with spending of $7.31 billion and $7.01 billion respectively. After experiencing negative growth in 2005, the China market region grew the most in 2006, rising over 74% to US$2.3 billion. The Rest of World region, which aggregates Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, other areas of Southeast Asia and smaller global markets, increased almost 30%. The equipment market in Europe increased 10% in 2006.
The global wafer processing equipment market segment increased 26%; the assembly and packaging segment grew 14%, the total test equipment sales increased 21%.
2005-2006 Semiconductor Capital Equipment Market by World Region
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As many as two chip equipment vendors in five could fall victim to industry consolidation over the next decade. The current shakeout appears to be centered around the inspection and metrology market, where a number of major mergers and acquisitions have taken place in recent times.
The segment remains one of the few, high-growth markets in semiconductor equipment. The semiconductor inspection and metrology market is expected to grow 75% over the next three years. This is driven by the need for more refined inspection tools as the sector moves towards smaller dimensions on devices. Macro inspection and integrated tools will be the fastest growing segments of the market over the next three years.
Source: EE Times