Global Semiconductor Chip Handler Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Jun 2016
  • Pages: 56
  • SKU: IRTNTR9273

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The global semiconductor chip handler market report offers an up-to-date analysis of the market concerning the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall global environment. This report provides an analysis of the market by end-user (OSATs and IDMs) and by geography (APAC, Europe, ROW, and the US). The report also provides an analysis of the market’s competitive landscape and offers information on several companies including Seiko Epson Corporation, Multitest, ASM Pacific Technology, Cohu, Advantest, and Boston Semi Equipment.

Below are some of the key findings from our analysis of the semiconductor chip handler market   


Global semiconductor chip handler market overview

The global semiconductor chip handler market research report predicts the market to grow at a CAGR of just over 4% by the end of the forecast period. One of the primary semiconductor chip handler market drivers is the increased demand for compact electronic devices. This trend is evident in sectors such as mobile phones, automotive, healthcare equipment, and even industrial manufacturing. This has led to semiconductor IC manufacturers investing in R&D to work towards reducing the size of ICs along with improved performance. Such R&D activities have resulted in the emergence of micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMs) and 3D stacked ICs. Consequently, growth in the MEMs market will propel demand for testing equipment for the complex ICs until the end of the forecast period.


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An important semiconductor chip handler market trend is the emergence of strip testing. Integrated device manufacturers and subcontractors use test-in-strip technology to cut down on costs. This technology helps testers to handle multiple small ICs at the same time, test over 100 in parallel while reducing bottlenecks.  Unlike gravity, pick-and-place, and turret type handlers, strip test handlers can handle IC chips with 0.3mm x 0.6mm dimensions and can test more than 100 devices in parallel without jams. 

Segmentation by end-user and analysis of the semiconductor chip handler market

  • Outsourced semiconductor assembly and test providers (OSATs)
  • Integrated device manufacturers (IDMs)

The OSAT segment is the largest semiconductor chip handler market shareholder, accounting for close to 63% of market share by the end of the forecast period. The growth of the semiconductor industry and rising costs of packaging and testing equipment will create a high demand for automated test equipment along with chip handlers from these OSATs. They are also investing in precision and high-speed IC test handlers so that they can speed up production and deliver high-performance products to market faster.


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Geographical segmentation and analysis of the semiconductor chip handler market

  • APAC
  • Europe
  • ROW
  • US

The APAC region dominates the global semiconductor chip handler market and will reach a market value of over USD 600 million by the end of 2020. China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan are major contributors to the growth in this region. The rising demand for consumer electronics combined with the rollout of LTE technology is propelling demand for semiconductor ICs. The growing need for IC chip testing and test handlers will drive market growth till the end of the forecast period.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global semiconductor chip handler market is consolidated with the presence of just a few suppliers. The manufacturing process requires high capital investment. Manufacturers are looking for ways to expand their production capacity and would like to get products to the market as fast as possible. Vendors who can offer cheaper and technologically advanced products will be able to improve their market share during the forecast period.

According to the semiconductor chip handler market analysis report, the key vendors in this market are -

  • Seiko Epson Corporation
  • Multitest
  • ASM Pacific Technology
  • Cohu
  • Advantest
  • Boston Semi Equipment

Other prominent vendors in this market are CST, Exatron, Hon Technologies, SRM Integration, SYNAX, and Xeltek.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global semiconductor chip handler market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global semiconductor chip handler market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global semiconductor chip handler market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global semiconductor chip handler market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of APAC, Europe, ROW, and the US.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global semiconductor chip handler market?


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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of the report

  • Report overview
  • Top-vendor offerings
  • Geographical segmentation

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05: Process diagnostics in semiconductor industry 

PART 06: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 07: Market segmentation by end-user

  • Global semiconductor chip handler market by end-user 2015
  • Global semiconductor chip handler market by end-user 2020
  • Global semiconductor chip handler market by OSATs
  • Global semiconductor chip handler market by IDMs

PART 08: Market segmentation by geography

  • End-user comparison 2015-2020
  • Geographical distribution in 2015
  • Geographical distribution in 2020
  • Semiconductor chip handler market in APAC
  • Semiconductor chip handler market in the US
  • Semiconductor chip handler market in Europe

PART 09: Market drivers

  • Growing diversity in global semiconductor industry
  • Growing adoption of smartphones and tablets
  • Miniaturization of electronic devices
  • Short time to market
  • Increase in wafer size

PART 10: Impact of drivers

PART 11: Market challenges

  • Cyclical nature of semiconductor industry
  • Rising costs and lack of testing standards
  • Continuous price pressure on vendors

PART 12: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 13: Market trends

  • Increasing number of fabless semiconductor companies and test houses

Advent of strip testing

PART 14: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Key vendors
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 15: Appendix

  • Summary of figures

PART 16: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 17: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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