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Gigaphoton survey reveals important data that can unlock intelligence for the semiconductor industry

OYAMA, Japan – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Gigaphoton Inc., (Headquarters: Oyama, Tochigi; President and CEO: Katsumi Uranaka), a manufacturer of light sources used in semiconductor lithography, released today the results of a survey that provides an overview of the current state of the semiconductor manufacturing industry. The findings reveal significant gaps in the analytical capabilities of semiconductor manufacturing that could help solve the semiconductor shortage and unleash intelligence for the global semiconductor industry.

Gigaphoton survey reveals unmet analysis needs that offer a roadmap for what the semiconductor industry needs to do to meet growing demand and help solve the chip shortage. Chip size reduction and technological advancements challenge the ability of semiconductor manufacturers to maintain availability and performance. At the same time, global demand is increasing and shortages along the supply chain have forced semiconductor manufacturers to focus their attention on using analytics to gain efficiency with their equipment and tools. process.

“As semiconductor manufacturing processes have become more complex, we’ve seen an increase in customer demands for more advanced intelligence in our tools, and every customer needs something unique. Since COVID, we believe these demands will be further compounded as semiconductor manufacturers increase chip production, ”said Yuji Minegishi, Managing Director of Gigaphoton.

As manufacturing processes continue to demand greater precision, it has been difficult for chipmakers to achieve the depth and breadth of intelligence they need to increase or even maintain uptime. Currently, intelligence is siled among proprietary analysis solutions developed by tool makers and third-party analysis platforms. This creates usability barriers which become more problematic as the processes become more complex.

Gigaphoton conducted a survey with 276 responses from semiconductor manufacturing respondents in all aspects of the manufacturing process. The survey showed that 73% of chipmakers need to assemble multiple equipment analysis solutions. Despite all the solutions they use and the large investments they make in software, most still lack the efficient advanced analysis capabilities they need to increase uptime and production.

“The survey results reveal a significant gap in the analytical capabilities of semiconductor manufacturing that cannot really be filled by a single software vendor. This is a global semiconductor industry problem that will require an industry-wide solution, ”said Mario Faria, Vice President and Partner, Americas, MAX Group.

“This study helped us uncover the industry’s critical need for more advanced and intelligent analysis capabilities,” said Katsumi Uranaka, President and CEO of Gigaphoton. “We are committed to providing leading edge platforms and advanced solutions to help our customers increase their productivity and performance. ”

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About Gigaphoton

Since its inception in 2000, Gigaphoton has provided valuable solutions to semiconductor manufacturers around the world as a manufacturer of light sources and equipment analysis software. Every step of the way, from R&D to manufacturing, sales and maintenance services, Gigaphoton is committed to providing world-class support from the perspective of everyday users. For more information on Gigaphoton, visit

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Source: Gigaphoton Inc.

Marjorie N. McClure