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Aug, 16 2023

An Introduction to Probe Cards and Their Importance in Semiconductor Testing

The global probe card market is experiencing steady growth, driven by the increasing demand for integrated circuits and semiconductor devices. The probe card serves as a crucial interface for wafer testing, enabling efficient and accurate evaluation of circuit quality. With the advancements in semiconductor manufacturing technology, the probe card market is witnessing innovations in printed circuit boards (PCBs) and contact elements. The market is highly competitive, with key players focusing on product development, strategic partnerships, and geographic expansion to gain a competitive edge.

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Data Bridge Market Research analyses that the Global Probe Card Market value was USD 2,373.75 million in 2021 and is anticipated to reach a value of USD 5,392.06 million by 2029, with a CAGR of around 10.8% during the forecast period from 2022 to 2029. The growing demand for consumer electronics, such as smartphones, tablets, and wearables, fuels the need for efficient and reliable probe cards. Probe cards are essential in the semiconductor testing process, ensuring the quality and functionality of integrated circuits (ICs) used in these electronic devices.

Key Findings of the Study

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Technological advancements in probe card designs are expected to drive the market's growth rate

Technological advancements in probe card designs act as a significant driver of the global probe card market. Continuous innovations, including the use of advanced materials, innovative contact technologies, and improved probe configurations, enhance the performance, reliability, and efficiency of probe cards. These advancements enable more precise and accurate testing of integrated circuits (ICs), reducing testing time and improving overall productivity. The allure of improved performance and efficiency drives higher adoption rates of technologically advanced probe cards, propelling the growth of the global market.

Report Scope and Market Segmentation

Report Metric

Details

Forecast Period

2022 to 2029

Base Year

2021

Historic Years

2020 (Customizable to 2014-2019)

Quantitative Units

Revenue in USD Million, Volumes in Units, Pricing in USD

Segments Covered

Probe Type (Advanced Probe Card, and Standard Probe Card), Manufacturing Technology Type (MEMS, Vertical, Cantilever, Epoxy, Blade, Others), Wafer Size (More Than 12 Inches, and Less Than 12 Inches), Head Size (More Than 40mm x 40mm, and Less Than 40mm x 40mm), Test (DC Test, Functional Test, and AC Test), Material (Tungsten, Copper Clad Laminated (CCL), Aluminum, Others), Application (WLCSP, SIP, Mixed Signal Flip Chip, Analog), Beam Size (More Than 1.5 Mil, Less Than 1.5 Mil), End-Use (Foundry, Parametric, Logic and Memory Device, DRAM, CMOS Image Sensor (CIS), Flash, Others), Country (U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Belgium, Turkey and Rest of Europe, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, India, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Rest of Asia-Pacific, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Israel, Egypt and Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Countries Covered

U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Belgium, Turkey and Rest of Europe, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, India, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Rest of Asia-Pacific, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Israel, Egypt and Rest of the Middle East and Africa.

Market Players Covered

FormFactor (U.S.), FEINMETALL GmbH (Germany), Chunghwa, Precision Test Tech.Co., Ltd. (China), RIKA DENSHI CO., LTD. (U.S.), TSE co, Ltd. (South Korea), STAr Technologies Inc. (India), MICRONICS JAPAN CO., LTD. (U.S.), Microfriend (South Korea), Translarity (U.S.), National Instrument Korea Co.,Ltd. (South Korea), dynamic-test (U.S.) , MPI Corporation (China), Onto Innovation. (U.S.), JAPAN ELECTRONIC MATERIALS CORPORATION (Japan), WinWay Tech. Co., Ltd. (China), Technoprobe S.p.A. (Italy), WILLTECHNOLOGY (U.S.), Wentworth Labs (UK), high tech high (U.S.), SV Probe (Singapore)

Data Points Covered in the Report

In addition to the insights on market scenarios such as market value, growth rate, segmentation, geographical coverage, and major players, the market reports curated by the Data Bridge Market Research also include in-depth expert analysis, geographically represented company-wise production and capacity, network layouts of distributors and partners, detailed and updated price trend analysis and deficit analysis of supply chain and demand.

Segment Analysis:

The global probe card market is segmented based into probe type, manufacturing technology type, wafer size, head size, test, material, application, beam size,l and end-use.

  • On the basis of probe type, the global probe card market is segmented into advanced probe card, standard probe card. In 2022, the advanced probe card segment is anticipated to dominate the market with a CAGR of 10.9% because it provides high quality and efficiency with good wear resistance in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029.
  • On the basis of manufacturing technology type, the global probe card market is segmented into MEMS, vertical, cantilever, epoxy, blade, others. In 2022, the MEMS segment is anticipated to dominate the market with a CAGR of 11.0% because it gives better contact with the wafer and leads to better test results in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029.
  • On the basis of wafer size, the global probe card market is segmented into more than 12 inches and less than 12 inches. In 2022, the more than 12 inches segment is anticipated to dominate the market with a CAGR of 11.1% due to wafer sizes larger than 12 inches are commonly used in advanced technologies and manufacturing processes, including the production of high-performance ICs, memory chips, and large display panels in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029.

In 2022, the more than 12 inches segment dominate the wafer size segment in the global probe card market

In 2022, the more than 12 inches segment dominate the wafer size segment in the global probe card market with a CAGR of 11.1% due to wafer sizes larger than 12 inches are commonly used in advanced technologies and manufacturing processes, including the production of high-performance ICs, memory chips, and large display panels. The demand for probe cards compatible with these larger wafer sizes is driven by the need for precise testing and quality control in these industries, leading to the segment's market dominance, in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029.

  • On the basis of head size, the global probe card market is segmented into more than 40mm x 40mm and less than 40mm x 40mm. In 2022, the more than 40mm x 40mm segment is anticipated to dominate the market with a CAGR of 11.1% due to its covers a higher area in one testing instance in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029.

In 2022, the more than 40mm x 40mm segment dominates the head size segment in the probe card market

In 2022, the more than 40mm x 40mm segment dominates the head size segment in the probe card market with a CAGR of 11.1% due to This increases testing efficiency and throughput, making the more than 40mm x 40mm segment preferable for applications that require higher productivity and faster testing speeds.

  • On the basis of test, the global probe card market is segmented into DC test, functional test, and AC test. In 2022, the DC test segment is anticipated to dominate the market with the CAGR of 11.4% because direct current test helps to identify breakage in integrated circuit in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029
  • On the basis of material, the global probe card market is segmented into tungsten, Copper Clad Laminated (CCL), aluminum, and others. In 2022, the tungsten segment is anticipated to dominate the market with the CAGR of 11.3% because of its high melting point and extremely high shape stability even under a super high-temperature environment in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029
  • On the basis of application, the global probe card market is segmented into WLCSP, SIP, mixed signal flip chip, and analog. In 2022, the WLCSP segment is anticipated to dominate the market with the CAGR of 11.5% because it can adapt to various applications from simple IC to computer processors in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029.
  • On the basis of beam size, the global probe card market is segmented into more than 1.5 mil and less than 1.5 mil. In 2022, the more than 1.5 mil segment is anticipated to dominate the market with the CAGR of 4.9% because it contains a minimum feature size to continue the semiconductor manufacturing process in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029.
  • On the basis of end-use, the global probe card market is segmented into the foundry, parametric, logic and memory device, DRAM, CMOS image sensor (CIS), flash, others. In 2022, the foundry segment is anticipated to dominate the market with the CAGR of 11.4% due to rise in demand for ICs in all electronic devices in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029.

Major Players

Data Bridge Market Research recognizes the following companies as the major Global probe card market  players in Global probe card market  are FormFactor (U.S.), FEINMETALL GmbH (Germany), Chunghwa, Precision Test Tech.Co., Ltd. (China), RIKA DENSHI CO., LTD. (U.S.), TSE co, Ltd. (South Korea), STAr Technologies Inc. (India), MICRONICS JAPAN CO., LTD. (U.S.), Microfriend (South Korea),

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Market Development

  • In December 2021,  FormFactor established a new semiconductor wafer probe card manufacturing facility in California, expanding production capacity to meet rising customer demand. The facility's benefit will result in a wider range of probe card products with significant features, enhancing the market offerings and addressing evolving customer needs.
  • In April 2021, FEINMETALL GmbH introduced a new wafer probe card featuring a spring contact probe as a contact element. The unique features of independently spring-loaded probes with a special tip style catered to the demand of users, enriching the market with innovative probe options. The product's introduction met the market's requirements for advanced and efficient chip contacting capabilities.
  • In May 2022, Advantest unveiled a compact test station for the v93000 platform, providing a 4x capacity increase in IC engineering labs, enhancing testing capabilities.
  • In May 2022, Advantest collaborated with Synopsys to deliver real-time data analytics for semiconductor tests, enabling faster insights and improved efficiency in the testing process.
  • In April 2021, FEINMETALL GmbH introduced a new wafer probe card with a spring contact probe as a contact element, offering unique features such as independently spring-loaded probes and a special tip style, meeting market demand for advanced chip contacting capabilities.

Regional Analysis

Geographically, the countries covered in the Global probe card market  report are U.S., Canada and Mexico in North America, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Rest of Europe in Europe, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia-Pacific (APAC) in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Rest of Middle East and Africa (MEA) as a part of Middle East and Africa (MEA), Brazil, Argentina and Rest of South America as part of South America.

As per Data Bridge Market Research analysis:

North America is the dominant region in the Global probe card market during the forecast period 2022 - 2029

North American region dominates the semiconductor industry due to increased demand. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in investments in the semiconductor sector, driven by factors such as remote work, increased digitalization, and the growth of emerging technologies. As a result, the U.S., with its strong semiconductor ecosystem and technological advancements, is poised to benefit from this heightened demand in the post-pandemic period.

European is estimated to be the fastest-growing region in the Global probe card market for the forecast period 2022 - 2029

European region's is estimated to be the faster growing reason in global probe card stems from its top manufacturer's presence and strong demand for semiconductor products. The country's renowned manufacturing capabilities, advanced technology infrastructure, and emphasis on innovation contribute to its leadership position.

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