Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Automated Test Equipment (ATE) Opportunities & Forecast Market Report, 2018" report to their offering.
Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) is a computer-controlled method of testing circuit boards and semiconductors for defects throughout the manufacturing process to ensure that the end product functions correctly. Integrated circuits on a wafer have to be tested prior to die preparation and this makes automated test equipment extremely vital for semiconductor manufacturing. The success of tablets, PDAs has created a demand of greater functionality in terms of higher speeds, performance, and pin counts in products. The world semiconductor ATE market is expected to see a growth driven by the demand for system-on-chip (SoC) products in smart phones, communication devices and consumer electronic products.
The key factors driving the demand for ATE include increase in the production of semiconductor devices, increase in the complexity and required performance level of semiconductors used in consumer electronic products and the emergence of next generation devices and technologies associated with these devices. The rapid transition to a 28 nm node application processor manufacturing process will fuel the demand for IC testing equipment, which in turn will drive the growth of the ATE.