Photolithography, also termed optical lithography or ultraviolet (UV) lithography, is a process used for the microfabrication of the patterned parts of thin-film or bulk substrates. Photolithography equipment is used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices such as integrated circuits (ICs), memory units, and transistors. In the photolithography process, geometric shapes are transferred to silicon wafers through various steps. The photolithography equipment market was valued at USD 11.6 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 18.0 billion by 2025; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.1% from 2020 to 2025. The key factors driving the growth of the photolithography equipment market include the advent of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technologies and the increased government support for carrying out these advancements. The key players in the market are focusing on research and development activities.
The photolithography equipment market is a highly concentrated one and is dominated by the top three players only. The demand for EUV photolithography equipment offered by ASML is projected to be high during the forecast period as these equipment are mission-critical components used in foundries for their capacity expansion to carry out advanced processes. The rise in demand for EUV photolithography equipment is anticipated to result in surged demand for wafers, thereby leading TSMC, Samsung, and several other companies to expand their 5 nm capacity. Samsung is also planning to expand its 5 nm capacity in 2021 in response to the continuation of the manufacturing orders from NVIDIA for GeForce GPU.
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ASML is expected to have a monopoly in the photolithography equipment market during the forecast period as it is anticipated to be the leading provider of EUV photolithography equipment globally. With the expected introduction of advanced 4 nm/3 nm processes in the market by 2021 and 2022, respectively, the demand for EUV photolithography equipment offered by ASML is projected to increase. Chip manufacturers such as AMD, Qualcomm, MediaTek, NVIDIA, and Intel are expected to start mass production of semiconductor chips using 5 nm/4 nm processes in the near future.
Canon and Nikon are not direct vendors of EUV photolithography equipment. Canon is involved in the marketing of i-line and KrF EUV photolithography equipment, while Nikon has its presence in the marketing of i-line, KrF, ArF dry, and ArFi EUV photolithography equipment. Nikon experienced high success in the photolithography equipment market from 2005 to 2010. However, presently the market is dominated by ASML.
Photolithography Equipment Market with COVID-19 impact By Type (EUV, DUV), Light Source (Mercury Lamps, Excimer Lasers, Fluorine Lasers, Laser-Produced Plasma), Wavelength, End User and Geography - Global Forecast to 2025
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