Automated Test Equipment (ATE) is an apparatus that uses automation to perform test on various units under test (UUTs) or devices under test (DUTs) to perform measurement and quickly evaluate the results. An ATE ranges from a simple digital multimeter to complex test instruments. ATE is capable of automatically diagnosing and testing faults in wafer testing, integrated circuits, system on chips and electronic packaged parts. ATE is extensively used in electronic manufacturing industry in order to test systems and electronic components for defects throughout the manufacturing process to ensure that 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.
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The key objective of Automated Test Equipment (ATE) is to swiftly find the defects in a DUT and confirm whether a device under test (DUT) works correctly. This method saves manufacturing costs and helps prevent faulty devices to enter the market. ATE is used for a group of DUTs, with different testing procedures. Authenticity in all testing is that testing fails and DUT fails the evaluation once the first out-of-tolerance value is detected.
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.
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This report categorizes the global ATE market on the basis of the type of test equipment and the end user segments. On the basis of the type of test equipment the market is classified into memory semiconductor ATE, non-memory semiconductor ATE and discrete ATE. The end user segments included in this report are IT & Telecommunication, Consumer Electronics, Automotive Electronics, Defense and others. The “Others” end user segment includes the industrial and healthcare sectors. The global ATE market has also been analyzed on the basis of key geographies, namely, North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific and Rest of the World.
The research report titled “Automated Test Equipment (ATE) Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2012 – 2018” provides detailed analysis of global market for the period 2012 to 2018 and helps in understanding the driving forces and prevailing trends in the market. The ATE market is segmented based on its product types, end user applications, and major geographical regions. The report provides market size and forecast for market segments.
Competitive profiling of key industry participants, their market positioning, business strategies adopted by them, and various recent developments is included in the scope of study. Porter‘s five forces analysis further highlights competitive scenarios across different levels of supply chain.
The major players in the global ATE market include Advantest, Teradyne, Inc. and LTX-Credence and together account for more than 85% of the market. These companies have been focused on mergers and acquisitions for the last couple of years. Apart from this, companies have also invested significantly in the development and introduction of new products in the market. An in-depth competitive analysis of the market players involved is also provided in the report. The company profiles include a company overview, financial overview, product portfolio, SWOT analysis and strategies & developments. The in-depth research and high level analysis will allow ATE manufacturers and research and development agencies to make informed decisions about manufacturing, designing, and marketing of Automated Test Equipment and deciding the growth strategies for gaining competitive advantage.