VLSIresearch Inc Best Semiconductor Equipment Suppliers for 2016

    May 18, 2016


    Teradyne, Advantest, Advanced Dicing Technologies, Plasma-Therm, and Axcelis achieve ratings above 9.0 in the 2016 10 BEST



    19 of the 20 10 BEST suppliers have achieved greater than an 8.0 rating this year.  Large Suppliers increased ratings in nine categories.  This resulted in two suppliers having achieved ratings at 9.0 and above. Focused Suppliers made great strides with improvements in twelve categories, an increase from nine last year. Two of these were in usable performance and quality of results, areas where Large Suppliers fell behind. Congratulations to the 2016 10 BEST winners!



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    About the 2016 VLSIresearch Customer Satisfaction Survey

    VLSIresearch received feedback from more than 95% of the chip market and 80% of subsystems customers for this year’s survey. The survey spans two and half months and covers five languages. Worldwide participants were asked to rate equipment suppliers among fifteen categories based on three key factors: supplier performance, customer service, and product performance. 3,619 surveys were returned, resulting in 54,282 total responses.


    The VLSIresearch annual Customer Satisfaction Survey is the only publicly available opportunity since 1988 for customers to provide feedback for suppliers of semiconductor equipment and subsystems. The 10 BEST, THE BEST, and RANKED 1st awards provide special recognition to suppliers that are rated highest by their customers.


    10 BEST awards recognize each chip making equipment supplier as a whole, regardless of product type:

    ·       Fab, Test, and Assembly equipment ratings are grouped together for an overall rating for each supplier

    ·       Each supplier is then listed in one of two categories based on a three-year average of total revenues for all its market segments: Large and Focused


    THE BEST awards recognize the more detailed markets:

    ·       Fab, Test, Assembly equipment, and Subsystems


    RANKED 1st awards place special distinction on suppliers that achieve the highest rating from customers in any survey category, including:

    ·       10 BEST and THE BEST

    ·       Specialized areas such as: CMP, Deposition, Etch & Clean, Implant, Lithography, Process Diagnostics, Specialty Fab, and Subsystems


    Click here for more details on the survey.


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    ACCRETECH – Tokyo Seimitsu ranked 10th in focused semiconductor equipment suppliers

    We develop our businesses in two key areas: semiconductor manufacturing equipment and precision measuring systems.


    Advanced Dicing Technologies ranked 1st in focused semiconductor equipment suppliers

    Advanced Dicing Technologies (ADT) is specialized in the development and manufacturing of systems, blades and processes used in the dicing of silicon-based ICs, Package Singulation and hard material Microelectronic Components (MEC). ADT offers dicing equipment with a variety of capabilities, configurations and levels of automation, as well as peripheral instrumentation and accessories, to suit an ever-growing range of customer requirements. Combining our equipment, annular blades and process know-how we bring our customers comprehensive dicing solutions.


    Advantest ranked 2nd in large semiconductor equipment suppliers

    A world-class technology company, Advantest is the leading producer of automatic test equipment (ATE) for the semiconductor industry and a premier manufacturer of measuring instruments used in the design and production of electronic instruments and systems. Its leading-edge systems and products are integrated into the most advanced semiconductor production lines in the world. The company also focuses on R&D for emerging markets that benefit from advancements in nanotech and terahertz technologies, and has introduced multi-vision metrology scanning electron microscopes essential to photomask manufacturing, as well as groundbreaking 3D imaging and analysis tools. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest established its first subsidiary in 1982, in the USA, and now has subsidiaries worldwide. 


    Applied Materials ranked 8th in large semiconductor equipment suppliers

    Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMAT) is the global leader in materials engineering solutions for the semiconductor, display and solar photovoltaic industries. Our technologies help make innovations like smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around the world.


    ASM Pacific Technology ranked 5th in large semiconductor equipment suppliers

    ASM Pacific Technology Limited (“ASMPT”) (stock code: 0522), as a global technology and market leader, develops and provides leading edge solutions and materials for semiconductor assembly and packaging industries, as well as surface mount technology solutions in a wide range of end-user markets including electronics, mobile communications, automotive, industrial, LED and solar energy. ASMPT consistently invests in R&D to provide customers with innovative and cost-efficient solutions and systems that help them to achieve higher productivity, greater reliability and enhanced quality.


    ASML ranked 3rd in large semiconductor equipment suppliers

    ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. Our vision is to enable affordable microelectronics that improve the quality of life. To achieve this, our mission is to invent, develop, manufacture and service advanced technology for high-tech lithography, metrology and software solutions for the semiconductor industry. ASML's guiding principle is continuing Moore's Law towards ever smaller, cheaper, more powerful and energy-efficient semiconductors. This results in increasingly powerful and capable electronics that enable the world to progress within a multitude of fields, including healthcare, technology, communications, energy, mobility, and entertainment. We are a multinational company with over 70 locations in 16 countries, headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands.We employ more than 14,000 people on payroll and flexible contracts (expressed in full time equivalents). ASML is traded on Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML.


    Axcelis Technologies ranked 3rd in focused semiconductor equipment suppliers

    Axcelis (Nasdaq: ACLS), headquartered in Beverly, Mass., has been providing innovative, high-productivity solutions for the semiconductor industry for over 35 years. Axcelis is dedicated to developing enabling process applications through the design, manufacture and complete life cycle support of ion implantation systems, one of the most critical and enabling steps in the IC manufacturing process.

    EV Group ranked 8th in focused semiconductor equipment suppliers

    EV Group (EVG) is a leading supplier of equipment and process solutions for the manufacture of semiconductors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), compound semiconductors, power devices and nanotechnology devices.  Key products include wafer bonding, thin-wafer processing, lithography/nanoimprint lithography (NIL) and metrology equipment, as well as photoresist coaters, cleaners and inspection systems.  Founded in 1980, EV Group services and supports an elaborate network of global customers and partners all over the world. 

    Evatec ranked 5th in focused semiconductor equipment suppliers

    We offer complete process solutions in our core markets of Advanced Packaging, Power Devices, MEMS, Optoelectronics, Wireless Technologies and High Precision Optics.

    F&K Delvotec ranked 4th in focused semiconductor equipment suppliers

    As specialists for assembly and joining technologies we have been committed to continuing to develop reliable and efficient products and solutions for connecting electronic components since we were founded in 1978. In the field of wire bonding for customers in the semiconductor, E-Mobility, Photo-Voltaic and automotive industries F&K Delvotec developed complete solutions for partial or full automation. The all-round service ranges from applications guidance in the selection and configuration of the wire bonding machines through to coupling of buffer stations and magazines as well as the integration of feeding systems.

    HANMI Semiconductor ranked 9th in focused semiconductor equipment suppliers

    Established in 1980, HANMI Semiconductor started as a technical company focused on development and products in semiconductor manufacturing equipment.  Now the company has been growing as a leading global semiconductor equipment company. With the world best technology, global network and R&D, HANMI still has persistent growth and its “Sawing and Placement system” has No. 1 global market share.  It was possible because of customers and stockholders and now HANMI is preparing another round of big take off to be the world top enterprise. HANMI actively develops various and strategically potential business fields like semiconductor equipment, laser equipment, vision inspection, next generation business.

    Hitachi High-Technologies ranked 7th in large semiconductor equipment suppliers

    Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is engaged in activities in a broad range of fields, including Electronic Device Systems, Fine Technology Systems, Science & Medical Systems, Industrial & IT Systems, and Advanced Industrial Products. The company's consolidated revenues for FY2014 were ¥620 billion [approx. USD 5.4 billion].

    Hitachi Kokusai Electric ranked 4th in large semiconductor equipment suppliers

    Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. (TSE: 6756), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a company that manufactures broadcasting systems, security and surveillance systems, wireless communications and information systems, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) consolidated net sales totaled 183,632 million Yen ($1,528 million). Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. sets the   goal of becoming the top global company in the two areas of "Video and Wireless Network Solutions" and "Eco- and Thin Film Processing Solutions".


    KLA-Tencor ranked 10th in large semiconductor equipment suppliers

    KLA-Tencor Corporation, a leading provider of process control and yield management solutions, partners with customers around the world to develop state-of-the-art inspection and metrology technologies. These technologies serve the semiconductor, LED, and other related nanoelectronics industries. With a portfolio of industry standard products and a team of world-class engineers and scientists, the company has created superior solutions for its customers for nearly 40 years. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., KLA-Tencor has dedicated customer operations and service centers around the world.

    Lam Research ranked 9th in large semiconductor equipment suppliers

    Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX) is a trusted global supplier of innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. Lam's broad portfolio of market-leading deposition, etch, and clean solutions helps customers achieve success on the wafer by enabling device features that are 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand, resulting in smaller, faster, more powerful, and more power-efficient chips. Through collaboration, continuous innovation, and delivering on commitments, Lam is transforming atomic-scale engineering and enabling its customers to shape the future of technology. Based in Fremont, Calif., Lam Research is a Nasdaq-100 Index® and S&P 500® company whose common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol LRCX.

    Plasma-Therm ranked 2nd in focused semiconductor equipment suppliers

    Founded in 1975, Plasma-Therm is U.S.-based manufacturer of etch, deposition, and die-singulation systems for specialty semiconductor markets, including solid-state lighting, power, data storage, renewable energy, MEMS, photonics, wireless, photomask, and advanced packaging. Plasma-Therm’s outstanding products and customer service have been recognized for 17 years with awards in the VLSIresearch Customer Satisfaction Survey. Sales and service locations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific meet the diverse needs of Plasma-Therm’s global customer base.

    SPTS Technologies, an Orbotech Company ranked 7th in focused semiconductor equipment suppliers

    SPTS Technologies, an Orbotech company, designs, manufactures, sells, and supports etch, PVD, CVD and thermal wafer processing solutions for the MEMS, advanced packaging, LEDs, high speed RF on GaAs, and power management device markets. With manufacturing facilities in Newport, Wales, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and San Jose, California, the company operates across 19 countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.


    Teradyne ranked 1st in large semiconductor equipment suppliers

    Teradyne (NYSE:TER) is a leading supplier of automation equipment for test and industrial applications. Teradyne Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) is used to test semiconductors, wireless products, data storage and complex electronic systems, which serve consumer, communications, industrial and government customers. Our Industrial Automation products include Collaborative Robots used by global manufacturing and light industrial customers to improve quality and increase manufacturing efficiency. In 2015, Teradyne had revenue of $1.64 billion and currently employs approximately 4,200 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.teradyne.com. Teradyne (R) is a registered trademark of Teradyne, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

    Tokyo Electron ranked 6th in large semiconductor equipment suppliers

    Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) is a leading supplier of innovative semiconductor and flat panel display production equipment worldwide. All of TEL's semiconductor and flat panel display production equipment product lines maintain high market shares in their respective global segments.

    Xcerra ranked 6th in focused semiconductor equipment suppliers

    Xcerra Corporation, formerly LTX-Credence Corporation, is engaged in providing test and handling capital equipment, interface products, test fixtures and related services to the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing industries. The company has a market cap of $322.75 million. The Firm operates through six divisions: Semiconductor Test, Semiconductor Handlers, Contactors, Printed Circuit Board Test, Probes/Pins and Fixtures. It has a 37.03 P/E ratio. The Firm operates in the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing test markets through its atg-Luther & Maelzer, Everett Charles Technologies (ECT), LTX-Credence and Multitest businesses.

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