Global thin film semiconductor deposition market by PVD technology

The PVD deposition equipment market reached USD 2.01 billion in 2015 and is expected to generate USD 3.55 billion by 2020. The market will grow due to the expanding LED and memory markets. The LED market is likely to expand extensively in the emerging markets of China, Thailand, Russia, and India, as these countries are creating awareness of energy conservation by introducing energy-efficient bulbs and other electrical and electronic systems.

This will have a positive impact on the PVD equipment market. Wafer fab capacity is being expanded in China, South Korea, and Japan due to growth in the 3D NAND and DRAM markets. “Some of the application areas of PVD include cutting tools, the storage industry, and microelectronics, where products are coated with thin metallic layers in order to increase their life spans. This increases the demand for PVD equipment,” says Asif Gani, a lead analyst at Technavio for semiconductor equipment.

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What is Yellow PVD Coating?

The yellow PVD coating you see on drill bits for example, is usually titanium nitride (TiN).  This PVD coating is formed by using a titanium solid ‘target’ and nitrogen gas.

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Why this yellow PVD coating?

Titanium nitride (TiN) coating is relatively wear resistant, inert and reduces friction. Consequently this yellow PVD coating is used predominantly on cutting tools, punches, dies and injection mold components to improve tool life.
TiN coating is easily stripped from tool steels. Therefore TiN is also often used for applications that use expensive tooling such as injection molding and forming.

You can purchase TiN coated drill bit sets through our shop.

There are several widely used coatings that use TiN combined with other elements to improve its properties such as titanium carbon nitride (TiCN), titanium aluminium nitride (TiAlN or AlTiN), and titanium aluminium carbon nitride. These coatings offer similar or superior friction, hardness, and oxidation resistance and come in a variety of colours ranging from light grey to near black, to a dark iridescent bluish-purple. These different coatings are becoming common on watches, knives and handguns, where they are used for both cosmetic and functional reasons.

A new generation of colour PVD coatings for decorative applications

EU-funded scientists are currently developing hybrid PVD coating technology for a wide range of decorative coatings. The project is called ‘Design and develop a new generation of color PVD coatings for decorative applications’ (NANO4COLOR).

Hybrid processing technology will enhance reliability and decrease costs and toxic emissions. Reactive magnetron sputtering (RMS) is being combined with either high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) or a cluster gun. The PVD Technology focuses on a range of nano-composite thin film coatings with a thickness less than two microns.

The development of this technology could reduce the cost and increase the durability of coloured PVD coatings for a variety of everyday products.

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Global Physical Vapor Deposition Market Expected to Reach USD 20.45 Billion by 2019

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD Equipment, PVD Materials and PVD Services) Market for Microelectronics, Storage, Solar Applications, Medical Equipments, Cutting Tools and Other Applications – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019”, the global PVD market was valued at USD 10.94 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 20.45 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 9.5% over the forecast period from 2013 to 2019.

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The global PVD market is expected to witness rapid growth in the next few years due to growth in end-use industries such as microelectronics and medical equipment. Microelectronics is used in different applications such as computers, medical and defense. These applications require high precision and efficiency. Rising demand for technological advancements has led to increase in the microelectronics market, and thereby the PVD market. However, patent protected PVD technology may act as a barrier for the entry of new entrants and increase initial investment cost in the market. Solar applications have immense potential in the PVD market due to limited exploration in the segment.

Global PVD market is bifurcated into three key industry segments such as PVD equipment, PVD materials and PVD services. The three segments are estimated to grow significantly in the next few years due to operational benefits of PVD technology over other surface coating methods. PVD equipment was the largest segment with 65% of market share in 2012. PVD services is projected to be the fastest growing segment, expanding at a CAGR of 9.7% from 2013 to 2019.

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Major application segments for PVD equipment include microelectronics, storage, solar applications, cutting tools and others such as industrial, optics and packaging. Microelectronics was the major application segment with more than 45% of total revenue generated by the PVD equipment market in 2012. With rising demand for precision technology, demand graph for microelectronics is anticipated to rise in the next few years. The medical equipment segment is expected to be the fastest growing application, expanding at a CAGR of 10.2% from 2013 to 2019. Storage devices used in netbooks, laptops and computers, among others, occupied a significant share in the global PVD equipment market.
With the presence of a large number of end-use companies, Asia Pacific accounted for more than 50% of the global PVD market in 2012. A large number of PVD service providers are emerging in the region due to a significant increase in demand for PVD and attractive profit margins. Developed regions such as North America and Europe have significant number of PVD equipment and service providers. However, demand for PVD is low in these regions as compared to Asia Pacific due to the presence of a less number of end-use companies. Rest of the World including Latin America, the Middle East and Africa is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.7% during the forecast period.

Ceramic coatings market worth $9.41 billion by 2019

The ceramic coatings market worth $9.41 billion by 2019.

MarketsandMarkets, a global market research and consulting company based in the U.S. has published a strategically analyzed market research report on the ceramic coatings market.

Dallas – The report, “Ceramic Coatings Market by Technology (Thermal Spray, PVD, CVD, Others), by Type (Oxide, Carbide, Nitride – Coatings) and by Application (Transportation & Automotive, Energy, Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare) – Global Trends & Forecast to 2019”, defines and segments the global ceramic coatings market with an analysis and forecast for technology, types, and applications by volume as well as value.

North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific dominated the ceramic coatings market in 2013 and accounted for over 90% of the market. Country-wise, U.S. is the top most consumer of ceramic coating globally and is also its largest market for growing at a CAGR of 6.63% in terms of value till 2019. On the other hand, the rest of the world including Middle East, Africa, and South America is expected to witness the fastest growth rate by 2019. High performance ceramic coatings are widely preferred now by many manufacturers and include aerospace, automotive, healthcare, energy, defense, automotive, fiber-optic communications, and environmental protection sectors.

While thermal spray takes topmost positions in the ceramic coatings market with more than 64% share by value; the fastest growth is coming from nitride coatings used in numerous industrial applications which will continue to expand in the coming years. Oxide coatings dominate the ceramic coating market by type in terms of volume and value.

The new PlasMag coating system

Teer Coatings Ltd is pleased to announce a new generation of PVD Coating equipment which is now available.

Incorporating a completely new control system based on Siemens PLC with integrated safety and utilising a customer designed touch screen LabVIEW user interface for ease of operation.

Standard equipment includes Turbomolecular pump, DC/Pulsed DC sputtering, integrated magnetron handling and RF compatible chamber and shielding

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Magnetron Sputtering of CoFe and Permalloy

You are watching the sputtering of CoFe and Permalloy on a 3 inch Si wafer. The first faint plasma is the CoFe sputtering. When the CoFe gun shuts off the screen goes dark and the Permalloy gun is turned on. The plasma from the Permalloy deposition follows the path of the magnetic field.

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In magnetron sputtering with a suitable magnetic field configuration it is also possible to control the microstructure, chemical and phase composition of the growing film. Besides balanced discharges, two types of unbalancements are possible: type I and type II.
In type I, the plasma that is not strongly confined on the target, does not interact with the substrate. This magnetic assessment is specially used for sputtering multi-compositional films containing low melting point elements. In type II the plasma is confined both on the target and in a secondary confinement that bombards the growing film with a flux of ions extracted from the plasma. In such latter case, the ion bombardment has an effect of “plasma washing” of the film in the mean time it grows. Impurities weakly bounded to the film are knocked out from the impinging ions. That results into a strong increase of purity of the films in the substrate regions touched by plasma, while all the rest has higher impurity content. In the magnetron source we built, it is possible to pass from the balanced to unbalanced regime, just changing the magnetic core, without breaking vacuum.

The drawback of magnetically unbalanced configurations is that the plasma cone flushin the substrate has very narrow dimensions.
We have developed an electrostatic imbuto that opens the cone of plasma extending the unbalancement effect to larger dimension substrates.