May 8, 2018: VLSIresearch today released its report detailing the 2017 Top 10 Suppliers of Probe Cards to the semiconductor industry.
The Top five suppliers: FormFactor, Micronics Japan, Technoprobe, JEM, and MPI Corp maintained their positions from 2016 and as a group increased their combined total market share to 66%, up 3% from the previous year. Solid performances from Nidec SV TCL, Microfriend, and Korea Instrument secured the 6th, 7th, and 8th places respectively. Will Technology made it back into the Top 10 after an absence of one year taking the 9th spot. Finally, FormFactor’s acquisition of Cascade Microtech in 2016 freed up a space for TSE to make it onto the Top 10 list for the first time.
Of the major suppliers, Technoprobe was the stand-out performer by outgrowing the market with a year-on-year growth of 44%. The opening of a new state-of-the-art factory in September 2017, promptly filled to full capacity, enabled Technoprobe to capitalise on their strong MEMS probe card technology and fast turnaround to meet the unparalleled level of demand. The combination of the right product and the ability to deliver in volume resulted in Technoprobe being the fastest growing major supplier in 2017.
Third placed Technoprobe still has some way to go to catch up with the market leader, FormFactor, which continues to dominate and is double the size of the next largest competitor. Both companies are strong in MEMS probe card technology and have been the main beneficiaries as the industry switched away from vertical probe cards towards a MEMS-based solution for advanced non-memory applications requiring finer probe pitches.
The major Japanese probe card suppliers, Micronics Japan (2nd) and JEM (4th), also posted solid revenue growth, adding to the increasing market share dominance of the biggest 5 suppliers.
John West, Managing Director of VLSIresearch Europe commented: “MEMS-based probe cards are the fastest growing segment and are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.7% over the next 5 years. Within this segment, non-memory applications are growing at twice the rate of memory applications. This means that companies with a lower exposure to memory are likely to gain significant share in the next few years.”
The source of this data came from analysis published in VLSI’s Probe Card report. More information is available here: https://www.vlsiresearch.com/public/tstcon/probe-card-report/
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