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Wafer Level Packaging Market Information 2020

March 31, 2020, anysilicon

WLP will definitely be a winner by 2025, declared Yole Développement (Yole) in its new Advanced Packaging Quarterly Market Monitor. $2.5B will be the market figure to remember as it will be Fan-out (FO) package revenue by 2025. Behind this data, there is TSMC’s strategy to drive fan-out for 5G applications. In parallel, fan-in WLCSP revenue will continue its growth and will peak at $3B by 2025… This analysis  is the result of the daily analysis by the advanced packaging team at Yole and delivered in the advanced packaging monitor, every quarter.

 

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Will TSMC and Samsung Electronics continue to manage supply? Or will there be a new entrant to support HDFO’s growing demand? ASE and PTI are increasing CapEx by bringing additional PLP capacity online: will the FO PLP business therefore significantly increase in the coming years? Will WLCSP packages find new adoption in IoT/consumer applications? How will the WLCSP package market share change for automotive applications? Will the IoT/consumer market grow significantly and drive the need for thinner, faster SoCs? Will 5G spur additional WLP package growth with new RF designs? Will WLP package CapEx continue increasing, or will it stabilize at a certain level?… The market research & strategy consulting company is unveiling today, within the Advanced Packaging Quarterly Market Monitor, its Q1 2020 analysis.

 

Yole’s advanced packaging team has been researching the advanced packaging industry for a while now. Its expertise and knowledge is well-known in the semiconductor industry, as Yole’s analysts present their findings throughout the year at many onsite and online conferences. They offer a large collection of reports and monitors to follow the advanced packaging industry. Their aim is to deliver in-depth understanding of the latest innovations and business opportunities. Reports and monitors are intended to be complementary analyses of the same industry under the Yole’s advanced packaging research umbrella. More on i-Micronews.

 

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WLCSP OUTLOOK

 

Revenue slightly increased in 2019 due to the new generation of smartphones & to the wearable/IoT ecosystem

 

 “Number of WLCSP packages exceeded 29 billion units in 2019 and many players continue to add capacity and capability in key geographies”, announces Vaibhav Tridevi, Technology & Market Analyst, Advanced Packaging at Yole. But what are the main market drivers?

 

First, PMICs, audio-Codecs and connectivity modules lead WLCSP package growth as more devices adopt this platform. In addition, 5G, and IoT remain drivers as WLCSP package count is expected to increase to support high bandwidth applications.

 

In parallel, the Deca M-Series continues to gain momentum in “fan-in” form as Qualcomm starts adoption with growing need for package side protection and enhanced board reliability. Finally, WLCSP packages will play a critical role in RF package eco-system as many wire bond parts are expected to be converted to flip chip form factors driving additional growth.

 

In this dynamic context, the 2020-2025 outlook remains strong and robust as new adoption of WLCSP form factors gains wide adoption in all smartphone/luxury phones.

 

FAN-OUT VIEWPOINT

 

With HDFO & core FO applications expanding, FO has secured a critical role

 

FO packages have found their niche applications in devices such as PMICs, audio codecs, connectivity modules, automotive radar, high-end application processors, and some RF transceiver applications. While FO packages are finding these niches, WLCSP package is becoming a new standard mainstream package for the mobile/consumer market as it offers lowest package cost for many applications.

 

“Fueled by a strong semiconductor industry performance, FO package revenue reached $1.3B in 2018”, explains Vaibhav Trivedi from Yole. And he explains: “TSMC remains the leader from a market-share standpoint, followed by ASE, JCET, and Amkor Technology. In 2019, Semco stepped away from its FO PLP business, which was subsequently acquired by Samsung Electronics. Meanwhile, PTI leads in PLP packaging expansion activities, with significant CapEx on the horizon and high hopes of winning business from the top Chinese OEMs.”

 

As performance requirements evolve, competition will remain fierce in the coming years amongst players and between various fan-out technologies with foundry players clearly winning in the HD FO segment while OSATs continue struggling to catch up in this market. The top three OSATs – ASE, Amkor, and JCET – continue to drive WLCSP to new heights as this form factor finds its place in switches, filters, serial flash, RF components, wireless charging and many more.

 

COMPANY FOCUS

 

TSMC goes “all-in”…

 

TSMC announced unprecedented $1.5B CapEx investment in 2020 for advanced packaging business specifically geared toward SoIC, InFO variants, and the CoWoS product line, with an estimated $300M for the InFO (PoP/AiP/OS/MS) product line. TSMC started manufacturing Apple APUs on InFO platform in 2016, disrupting the supply chain as substrate suppliers and OSATs lost this Apple APU business to TSMC. TSMC continues to “bite” into traditional OSAT business for Apple APU PoP assembly and AiP module for 5G Apple phones with its InFO product line. TSMC started this journey in 2015 when it invested ~$585M to start-up a new InFO line for Apple application processors. In 2020, TSMC’s advanced packaging CapEx is expected to triple (3x) compared to 2015, to $1.5B. With this strong momentum, TSMC is expected to double its advanced packaging revenue in the next few years as a result of 5G deployment and the need for heterogeneous integration using a wafer level platform.

 

TSMC has successfully manufactured APUs from 2016 to 2019 on the InFO-PoP platform. As the chiplet design approach and heterogeneous integration trend will continue for the next several years, TSMC plans to implement SoIC on various mobile and high-end applications. TSMC SoIC design has potential to cannibalize additional business away from OSATs for FO-SiP applications. In addition to increasing iOS ecosystem content with InFO packages, TSMC may get additional phone OEM customers with fan-out platforms to be adopted for APU modules as the race for miniaturization and higher bandwidth continues.

 

In summary, with its mature InFO product line-up and with its increased investment in SoIC package infrastructure with chiplet paradigm shift over next 3-5 years, TSMC is in a robust position to take advantage of the heterogeneous integration revolution.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

 

The bright future of FO

 

FO packaging continues to be adopted in high-density applications and high-performance computing, while WLCSP package becomes the mainstream “work horse” for smartphone & consumer applications.

 

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FO packaging began several years ago with limited application, but it has now found a critical role and rightful place in the high-end packaging sector as a mature, reliable package technology. In fact, TSMC’s InFO form-factors brought FO technology to new heights in 2015/2016 when Apple launched its A10 with InFO-PoP. FO packages are primarily used in the mobile and consumer segments, with some proliferation in automotive radar. FO packaging is expected to gain wider adoption as 5G, AI, and autonomous driving take flight in the coming years – and revenue stemming from FO packaging is expected to reach $2.5B by 2025.

 

The WLCSP packaging market also found a new “M-series” product which provides side mold protection with greater BLR performance. It has been adopted by a major customer. HDFO remains a key growth driver in the FO packaging market…

 

Yole’s Advanced Packaging Quarterly Market Monitors will be published every beginning of March (Q1), June (Q2), September (Q3) and December (Q4). The aim of Yole’s team is to give a closer look at the main markets and players. In addition to WLCSP and FO, the Advanced Packaging Quarterly Market Monitor will soon cover 2.5/3D and FC packaging.

 

Yole’s analysts invite you to follow our activities on i-Micronews, especially during this complex period due to the impact of Covid-19.

 

Stay tuned to i-Micronews to get further info. about our Advanced Packaging activities!

 

Source: www.yole.fr

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