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Probe card sales fell 13.9 percent in 2007, says VLSI Research

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ProbeVLSI Research has reported that sales of probe cards used for testing IC wafers were down to 13.9% in 2007, half of the five-year historic average growth rate, which has been much higher than the overall semiconductor industry growth rates at an average annual growth rate of 28 percent. Weakness in the semiconductor industry in general was to blame for the fall, according to the market research firm. 

Sales of probe cards are forecast to reach $1.41 billion 2008 up from $1.36 billion in 2007, which represents an annual growth of only 3.4 percent. The main reason for the low growth is due to the poor memory market conditions, especially in DRAM.

However, VLSI Research projects that the probe card market will reach $2.4 billion by 2012.

In 2007, FormFactor, Micronics Japan Co. and JEM maintained their strong lead at the top of the supplier ranking, while Phicom moved into 4th position, up from 6th in 2006.  SV Probe was the 5th largest supplier.

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Dear Sir. your report is great. Do you have any further in 2008, additional? Do you have any expectation & prediction in 2009? Can you make announcement?
By jasy cheng on 10 December 2008

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