2012-11-30 09:18:34 - Dielectrics and Substrates in Semiconductors: Technologies and Global Markets - a new market research report on companiesandmarkets.com
- Overall sales in the global market for dielectrics and substrates were nearly $14.5 billion in 2008 which decreased slightly to $13.5 billion in 2009. But by 2014, it is projected to increase to $18.3 billion, for a 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2%.- The largest segment substrates market was nearly $13 billion in 2008; this further decreased to $12 billion in 2009, this projected to reach $16 billion in 2014, for a 5-year CAGR of 5.9%.- Sales in the dielectrics market amounted to $1.5 billion in 2008 which decreased to $1.4 billion in 2009. This is projected to increase to $2.2 billion in 2014, for a 5-year CAGR of 8.5%.
Dielectrics and substrates are the two entities in
which the sophistication of software-based circuit design meets the plain reality of hardware properties and limitations. For years, silicon and its derivatives have admirably handled dual roles, allowing unprecedented advances in hardware features in areas such as speed of operations, form factor, and power consumption in addition to setting and maintaining a trail-blazing pace of successive advances.Doped silicon has been the preferred material and silicon dioxide has been the preferred dielectric. Along with polysilicon, the purest form of silicon, which performs the function of a conducting metal, the metal (polysilicon), oxide insulator (silicon dioxide), and semiconductor substrate (doped silicon) troika has simplified the question of maximizing yields while maintaining high levels of seamlessness in mainstream electronic devices. The metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) paradigm is almost synonymous with silicon.The troika is under increased pressure due to the challenges posed by 45-nm and beyond dimensioned nodes, wherein the physical properties of the silicon family are no longer able to cope with the resultant exacting demands. This report examines these challenges and evaluates possible alternative materials.We would like to clarify that the substrates and dielectrics covered in this report are the ones that are used at the wafer level and not the packaging level.STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
This study has the following goals and objectives:* Forecasting the market size for overall semiconductor dielectrics* Forecasting the market size for overall semiconductor substrates* Breaking down the overall semiconductor dielectrics market on the basis of materials employed: silicon dioxide, low-k, and high-k* Breaking down the overall semiconductor substrates market on the basis of materials employed: silicon, gallium arsenide, gallium nitride, indium phosphide, sapphire, silicon carbide, and germanium* Breaking down the individual dielectric material type market along end-user applications and geographical regions* Breaking down the individual substrate material type market along end-user applications and geographical regions* Analyzing the historical benefits and impending challenges in the usage of silicon dioxide as a dielectric* Analyzing the historical benefits and impending challenges in the usage of silica dioxide as a dielectric* Enlisting the benefits, progress made, stakeholders involved and prospects associated with individual high-k and low-k dielectric materials* Enlisting the benefits, progress made, stakeholders involved, and prospects associated with individual alternative substrate materials* Discussing the methodologies involved in deposition of high-k and low-k dielectrics* Discussing the historical domains associated with individual alternative substrate materials* Analyzing the stakeholder value chain for dielectrics and substrates* Analyzing the patenting activity involving high-k and low-k dielectrics as well as alternative substratesSCOPE OF THE REPORT
The report forecasts the size of the semiconductor dielectrics and substrates mainstream and alternative material market from 2009 through 2014.The executive summary provides a snapshot of key findings of the report.The section on the state of the art in dielectrics and substrates sets the ground for further discussion by identifying the position for dielectrics and substrates in semiconductor product engineering. It then defines dielectrics and substrates and enlists their key functions and areas of applications. It details the characteristics of mainstream dielectric and substrate materials - silicon dioxide and silicon, respectively.
The section on challenges and new approaches in dielectrics and substrates enlists and analyzes the challenges confronting silicon dioxide and silica in the continuing enhancement of speed, form-factor economy and power-consumption efficiency witnessed by semiconductor devices. It then proposes alternative materials, the reasons that make them attractive and the challenges confronting their complete integration with the mainstream CMOS processes.The section on stakeholders explains the criterion for classification of stakeholders - material suppliers in case of dielectrics and wafer suppliers in case of substrates in both mainstream and alternative material categories, foundry owners, and original equipment manufacturer (OEMs). It also provides the latest information on the dielectric- and substrate-related initiatives of key companies in each category.
The U.S. Patent Analysis section highlights the patenting activity underway in the area of dielectric and substrates. The section classifies the patents awarded according to the activities involved in the synthesis of high- and low-k dielectrics as well as alternative substrates. It also provides a geographic and distribution by company of these patents.The report is punctuated with numerical findings and projections that substantiate and drive the theoretical discussion.
INTENDED AUDIENCEThe report will be relevant to the following stakeholders:* Dielectric material suppliers, which are mainly chemical producers in assessing the size of the electronic device market for the various materials supplied by them
* Substrate wafer suppliers for determining the future of mainstream silicon substrate wafer market as well as the market for alternative compound semiconductors as well as germanium
* Semiconductor specialists in devising a comparative analysis of alternative materials and the state of the art in their synthesis into the mainstream manufacturing processes
* OEMs for evaluating their pros and cons of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) based on mainstream and alternative material.&
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