Semiconductors Used in Variety of Applications Drives Wafer-level Test and Burn-in (WLTBI) Market
Wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) introduces the means of subjecting semiconductor devices to electrical testing and burn-in while in wafer form. Burn-in is a stress test for temperature reliability used for detection and screening of potential errors in the early phase. The process works by employing a wafer prober to provide the necessary electrical excitation to all the blocks on the die of the wafer through numerous ultrathin probing needles that land on contact pads, ball grid arrays, or bumps on the die. On the contrary, the desired temperature of the die is obtained by the wafer prober through a built-in hot plate that elevates the temperature of the wafer to the required junction temperature.
The applications of WLTBI are important in several industries, especially in integrated device manufacturers and outsourced assembly and test companies. Moreover, the WLTBI applies to machines sold as a bare die, wafer-level packaged tools, and devices that are designed for conventional packaging. Moreover, the use of semiconductors in electronic systems and parts of automobiles such as infotainment, engine control, and safety features has been increased and is further expected to grow in demand. The current increased demand for semiconductors and the growing application of WLTBI are likely to boost the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market during the forecast period.
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Slowdown in Semiconductor Industry Impacts WLTBI Market During COVID-19 Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted various fundamental sectors that include customer behavior, business revenues, and numerous aspects of corporate operations. Many organizations are struggling with unclear future decisions, some of whom may face severe losses in the crisis. However, businesses are in a dire need of government interventions and other variables depending on the industry type and tax leverages. There is a massive impact on the wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market due to the heavy effects of COVID-19 on semiconductors, automobiles, and the consumer electronics industry.
Semiconductor companies that are major consumers of the WLTBI have made a strategic decision in favor of protecting employees, securing supply chains, and addressing other pressing concerns. This has resulted in a halt on production activities. In addition, various governments continue to impose physical-distancing requirements and limited production activities to help fight the spread of harmful coronavirus. This expects to hinder the ongoing growth rate till the pandemic is over. However, key leading companies are preparing for the opportunities for when the pandemic abates and the next normal begins. The pandemic situation is expected to improve shortly, opening markets and production, and the wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market is anticipated to grow during the projected period.
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WFTBI in High Demand for Electronic Systems, Automobiles Parts
The semiconductor industry is necessary for all the sectors to provide products with increased functionality at a low cost. The increasing demand for known good die (KGD), including a variety of Systems in a Package, Multi-Chip Modules, and stacked memories, highlights the significance of cost-effective and viable WLTBI solutions. The wafer-level burn-in technology needs a single alignment step and a single dimensionally stable fixture to burn numbers of ICs concurrently. This approach can be cost-effective as compared to numerous precision die carriers. Moreover, semiconductor devices can be tested on exposed wafers without the necessity to cut the wafer into devices and package them. Ultrathin probing needles are used to communicate with contact pads on the die and to supply the required electrical excitation to the die under test. All these factors are contributing to the expansion of the wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market.
Burn-in for KGDs at the wafer-level needs very few test insertions and further decreases the burn-in cycle time when confronted with die-level burn-in. Furthermore, WLTBI allows quick feedback to wafer manufacturing, which presents an efficient mechanism for process administration and improving the yield of the process simultaneously. The wafer-level test and burn-in have proven to be a comparatively low-cost technique for manufacturing reliable and fully functional known good die, which is a major factor for driving the wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market. With advancements of products and growing need, commercial WLTBI test equipment is now being expanded by some major semiconductor companies to lower manufacturing costs. Furthermore, the use of semiconductors has significantly grown in electronic systems and parts of automobiles such as infotainment, engine control, and safety features. Compound semiconductors that are mostly used in autonomous and self-driving cars require 100% burn-in due to natural material properties. All these factors are contributing to the growth of the wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market during the forecast period.
Asia Pacific to Dominate Wafer-level Test and Burn-in (WLTBI) Market
With development and advancement in technology, the need for semiconductors is increasing. Various innovations in technical devices were possible with semiconductor materials. Such devices are growing in popularity in several applications due to their compactness, reliability, power efficiency, and low cost. From transistors to LED displays, the need for semiconductors is growing in the day-to-day life, and with increasing human dependence on electronics, the need for wafer-level tests and burn-in will be crucial in semiconductors. The application of WLTBI in the microprocessors now allows control over trains, cars, and extends to space vehicles. Thus, as the need for semiconductors is tremendously increasing, the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market is expected to reach US$ 5.6 Bn by 2031, expanding at a CAGR of ~4% during the forecast period.
The presence of several wafer foundry companies in Asian countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and China is anticipated to drive the wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market in Asia Pacific. As many major leading businesses choose to outsource the fabrication of their hardware to dedicated manufacturing firms, the wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market is expected to witness major demands from the Asia Pacific. There is a heavy demand for consumer electronics and automobiles industry in North America. Thus, the North America wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market is expected to grow during the projected period.
Wafer-level Test and Burn-in (WLTBI) Market: Overview
- According to Transparency Market Research’s latest research report on the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market for the historical period of 2017–2019 and the forecast period of 2021–2031, increasing usage of wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) in the semiconductor industry across the globe is a major factor expected to boost the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market during the forecast period
- In terms of revenue, the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market is estimated to exceed the value of US$ 5.6 Bn by 2031, expanding at a CAGR of ~4% during the forecast period
Increasing Usage of Semiconductors in Automotive and Telecom Sectors: A Key Driver of Wafer-level Test and Burn-in (WLTBI) Market
- Semiconductors are increasingly being used in electronic systems and parts of automobiles such as infotainment, engine control, and safety features. Compound semiconductors, which are used in autonomous and self-driving cars, require 100% burn-in due to natural material properties.
- Moreover, semiconductors are being used increasingly in the telecom industry, such as silicon photonics devices for data centers and 5G infrastructure, fiber optic transceivers, and mobile communication systems. These factors are propelling the wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market.
- For instance, Aehr Test Systems’ wafer parks with FOX-XP multi-wafer test and burn-in systems have been in production and qualified by automotive suppliers for full wafer test of silicon carbide power devices since 2020, which are used in electric and hybrid electric vehicle power trains
- Some manufacturers have already introduced new advance technologies in wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) for benefits that include reduction in process steps when compared to packaged level and die level burn-in, reduction of wafer test insertion and probe time, and faster test result feedback to the fab. These benefits over other methods such as die level burn-in are fueling market growth.
- As a result, demand for wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) is significantly high, which is expected to drive the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market during the forecast period
- However, regular maintenance required to avoid failure of contact between probes is anticipated to limit the growth of the wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market during the forecast period from 2021 to 2031. Even if a single probe fails to contact, it causes a test or burn-in to fail, which is expected to restrain the growth of the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market.
Benefits Offered by Wafer-level Test and Burn-in (WLTBI)
- Various benefits of wafer-level test and burn-in include lower cost as compared to die level burn-in. Depending on the packaging cost, wafer yields, and other considerations, IC manufacturers find this method economical.
- Advantages, such as low cost, reliability, and simplicity, have increased the attractiveness of wafer-level test and burn-in the market. In addition, the wafer level burn-in technology requires a single alignment step and a single dimensionally stable fixture to burn in hundreds of ICs simultaneously. This approach is much cheaper than using hundreds of precision die carriers.
- Thus, significant benefits of wafer level burn-in systems in achieving high-performance efficiencies is projected to have a positive impact on the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market during the forecast period
Wafer-level Test and Burn-in (WLTBI) Market: Competition Landscape
- Detailed profiles of providers of wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) have been provided in the report to evaluate their financials, key product offerings, recent developments, and strategies
- Key players operating in the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market are
- Aehr Test Systems
- Delta V Instruments Inc.
- Amkor Technology
- Robson Technologies, Inc.
- Teradyne Inc.
- Abrel Products Ltd
- Electron Test Equipment Limited
- Advantest Corporation
Wafer-level Test and Burn-in (WLTBI) Market: Key Developments
- Key providers of wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) such as Emerson Electric Co., Honeywell International Inc., PCB Piezotronics Inc., Amphenol Corporation, Setra Systems, Inc., ABB Ltd., IFM electronic GmbH, KistlerInstrument Corp., Schneider Electric S.E., Siemens AG, Wika Group, TE Connectivity, and Yokogawa Electric Corporation are focusing on designing cost-effective wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) to attract more customers. Some other key developments in the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market are highlighted below:
- In March 2021, Aehr Test Systems received an order for multiple WaferPak™ Contactors from one of its lead FOX-XP full wafer test and burn-in system customers for their installed base of FOX multi-wafer test systems for US$ 1.2 Mn
- In February 2021, Amkor Technology achieved Industry 4.0 initiatives and extended its leadership in quality and efficiency excellence. The company is extensively focusing on advanced packaging technologies.
- In October 2020, Pentamaster discovered new burn-in test solutions for power devices with a user-definable burn-in profile. This newly discovered silicon carbide burn-in test solution is specially designed to define the limits of power devices at wafer and module level.
- In May 2017, Amkor Technology Inc. signed a strategic long-term agreement worth US$ 145 Bn with IBM for semiconductor assembly and test services. As a part of this agreement, Amkor Technology Inc. will acquire IBM’s Singapore test operations, including testers, related assets, and employees.
- Delta V Instruments Inc. manufactures package level burn-in systems, including TSE BOSS Test Systems™, wafer level burn-in systems, custom systems, test fixtures, and burn-in test services. The company’s wafer level burn-in test system is used to perform process control feedback by running test wafers along with the production run.
- In the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market report, we have discussed individual strategies, followed by company profiles of providers of wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI). The ‘Competition Landscape’ section has been included in the report to provide readers with a dashboard view and company market share analysis of key players operating in the global wafer-level test and burn-in (WLTBI) market.
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