A new report from VLSI Research highlights that there was a marked switch away from cantilever probe cards in favour of advanced probe cards in 2010. Advanced probe cards accounted for 72% of revenues in the equipment segment last year compared to 68% in 2009. In 2011, sales of semiconductor probe cards, including spares and service, are forecast to grow by 10.6% to US$1,151 million, according to the market research firm.
Over the next five years probe card revenue is expected to stabilize and stay above the billion dollar mark despite pricing pressure, which were said to be severe.
The market research firm is projecting that the semiconductor probe card market will reach US$1.4 billion by 2014.