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According to “Atomic Layer Deposition,” a new technical market research report from BCC Research, the value of the global market for atomic layer deposition (ALD) materials and equipment was an estimated $199 million in 2009. The market is expected to increase to $978 million by 2014, for a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37.5%.
Equipment is the largest segment of the ALD market, with a value of $120.8 million in 2009. The segment is expected to rise at a five-year CAGR of 36.8% to reach nearly $579 million in 2014. The other segment, materials, is projected to reach a value of nearly $400 million in 2014, after rising at a CAGR of 38.5% from its 2009 estimated value of more than $78 million.
In the more than 30 years since it was first developed, atomic layer deposition has been used to produce thin films with different compositions (pure metals, oxides, nitrides, carbides and others). This technology, which is capable of producing monolayers on an atomic or molecular scale, is particularly well-suited for the deposition of nanofilms (films with a thickness below 100 nanometers) on different surfaces, including metals, ceramics and polymers.
Once the global recession ends, it is expected that semiconductor fabrications will ramp up the purchasing of equipment needed to reach the next stage in IC manufacturing. In addition to semiconductors, ALD is also forecast to see its use increase in the manufacture of other advanced devices, such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), and as a fabrication and manipulation tool in nanotechnology.
Additional details are available at www.bccresearch.com.