Automated test equipment (ATE) market size is anticipated to reach USD 4.46 billion by 2022.

Automated test equipment (ATE) market size is anticipated to reach USD 4.46 billion by 2022, growing at 2.6% over the forecast period. Increasing design complexity along with need for effective testing are expected to fuel the demand over the forecast period. In addition, increasing range of consumer devices is also likely to positively contribute towards industry growth.

Defense automated test equipment market size anticipated to be the fastest growing application segment, valued at over USD 130 million in 2014 and is expected to grow at CAGR of 3.5% from 2015 to 2022.

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Cyclical variations in the industry are expected to restrain the semiconductor automated test equipment market size over the forecast period. The fluctuations in demand for semiconductors has led to a gap in the supply and demand, thus competitors experience unpredictable revenue that adversely affect their profitability.

With increasing demand for smartphones, the need for increased network capacity has proliferated extensively. Mobile devices offer capabilities such as high-resolution and touch screen displays, integration of high-quality cameras, and video and music playback. However, with improved capabilities and miniaturization of devices, issues such as shorter battery life have become more prevalent. Thus, testing the battery life during the design phase has gained significant importance.

Rise in consumer demand for more features and increased device integration has led to an increase in the number of RF ports. Therefore, designing an efficient ATE solution is a significant task for test engineers to overcome any design complexities. Moreover, complexity is outpacing productivity, as most of the semiconductor manufacturers are emphasizing on encapsulating more capabilities across their integrated circuit designs, owing to increasing consumer demand for improved functionality, bandwidth, and performance.

Application Analysis

IT & telecom ATE market size was valued at over USD 1.8 billion in 2014, and is likely to reach USD 2.20 billion by 2022. It enables communication service providers to enhance the network in order to support new technologies and telecom equipment manufacturers in ensuring consistent quality for the products.

Consumer electronics is expected to grow substantially over the next seven years and to be valued at over USD 1.30 billion by 2022. This can be primarily attributed to rising popularity of consumer devices such as tablets, smartphones, and computers.

Growth across the automotive segment can be attributed to the extensive use of semiconductor devices across automotive electronics such as Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) market, vehicle-infotaintment systems, etc.

Product Analysis

Non-memory ATE market size was valued at over USD 2.5 billion in 2014. The expansion of LTE coupled with growth of the smartphone sector is likely to positively impact revenue. Furthermore, increasing automotive demand and growing number of microcontroller-based applications is expected to drive this segment over the forecast period. Discrete automated test equipment market is expected to grow faster than the global average at a CAGR of 3.0% from 2015 to 2022.


Regional Analysis

Asia Pacific ATE market size is likely to exceed USD 3.30 billion up to 2022 owing to presence of large number of semiconductor industries. Global semiconductor manufacturing equipment market exceeded USD 35 billion in 2014. Moreover, changing customer needs as well as rapid technological advancements and have also contributed positively towards regional growth.

North America automated test equipment market share was over 14% of the overall revenue in 2014. Development in telecommunication sector coupled with huge investment in innovation for defense sector is anticipated to boost regional demand over the forecast period.

Competitive Market Share

Teradyne, LTX-Credence and Advantest are the major industry players. Teradyne was the leader, and accounted for over 40% of the global automated test equipment market share in 2015. Development of new instrumentation, maintaining close relationship with the customers and enhancing test platforms are likely to be the key growth strategies.