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Thin Wafer Market Size, By Thickness (>200μm, 100μm - 199μm, 50μm - 99μm, 30μm - 49μm, 10μm - 29μm, <10μm), By Wafer Size (100 mm, 125 mm, 200 mm, 300 mm), By Process (Temporary Bonding & Debonding, {Ultra violate (UV)-release Adhesives, Thermal-release Adhesives, Solvent-release Adhesives}, Carrier-less Approach/Taiko Process), By Application (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor (CMOS) Image Sensors, Memory, Radio-Frequency (RF) Devices, Light-Emitting Diode (LED), Interposers, Logic), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI5007
  • Published Date: Mar 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Thin Wafer Market Size

Thin Wafer Market size was valued at over USD 6.5 billion in 2020 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of more than 6% from 2021 to 2027.

Thin Wafer Market Overview

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The proliferation of compact and miniaturized devices such as smart wearables and smartphones, among others has propelled the demand for thin wafer technology. Integrated device manufactures are inclined toward the adoption of customization functionality with high-quality resistor, inductor, and capacitor on highly resistive silicon material. This will accelerate miniaturization property in high-performance computing devices. Rising mitigation toward new node technologies with reduced size will also drive the thin wafer market potential for thin wafer manufacturers.

Thin wafers are semiconductor wafers that have a diameter less than the standard thickness, i.e., 250 μm. The thickness and size of the wafer can vary depending on the specific application of the semiconductor devices.

The COVID-19 outbreak has severely affected the thin wafer market due to disruption in the trade supply chain. The disruption resulted in the shortage of foundry capacities in early 2020. The demand spike for semiconductor components and disruption in international trade have led to the shifting of manufacturing facilities to new regions. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digitization in the business and educational sectors, which has accelerated the demand for computing devices and is fueling the market growth.

Thin Wafer Market Analysis

The 100μm - 199μm wafer dominated more than 50% of the market share in 2020 and will showcase growth rate of 6% till 2027 owing to its rising acceptance in memory devices as majority of the memory architecture thickness varies from 100 - 300 μm. Although the thickness of memory devices varies among the packaging technology and application requirements.

DRAM and 2D NAND flash memory manufacturers use thin silicon wafers with a thickness of 150 μm or above. The development of 3D stacked memory is further influencing the market players to adapt <150 μm substrates as they deliver compact and cost-effective packaging options. This will further enhance the market opportunities for 100μm-199μm thin wafers.

Thin Wafer Market Growth

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The 200 mm thin wafer held 40% of the market share in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of around 7.50% through 2027. 200 mm wafers are experiencing a rising adoption among the market leaders of power devices such as Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor (MOSFET), Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT), and Radio Frequency (RF) devices. Increasing demand for power semiconductors in IoT, 5G, and autonomous transportation will foster the market value for thin wafer manufacturers.

To cater to the high demand in the industry, wafer manufacturers are planning several strategic initiatives. For example, in September 2019, Cree, Inc. expanded its wafer fabrication facility with the introduction of a 200mm production plant in North Carolina. This new facility will produce 200 mm wafers for RF devices and power semiconductors. Continuous technological innovation in the thin wafer industry will further propel the growth opportunities for wafer manufacturers.

Thin Wafer Market Size

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The temporary bonding and debonding in the thin wafer market accounted for USD 250 million in 2020 and is predicted to attain a CAGR of 7% by 2027. Market participants are widely adopting the bonding and debonding technology as it delivers high throughput, low cost, and low wafer stress during processing.

The temporary bonding & debonding process delivers improved mechanical support in handling the solution for ultra-thin wafers. This process improves the miniaturization property and increases thin wafer demand in compact semiconductor devices for IoT, data centers, and autonomous vehicles. To cater to the high demand in the market, companies are focusing on technology enhancement, creating a growth opportunity for wafer manufacturers.

Thin Wafer Market Share

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The LED segment will hold 20% of the thin wafer market share by 2027. LED manufacturers majorly adopt thin wafers in the backend process to remove extra substrates and improve the miniaturization property. The market is majorly driven by the emerging applications in the LED segment such as Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL).

Majority of the VCSEL manufacturers are adopting 150 mm wafer size to deliver improved militarization property with better heat management. Increasing demand for VCSEL in emerging applications, such as augmented reality and face recognition in smartphones, will accelerate the market potential in the coming years. The demand will encourage VCSEL manufacturers to adopt various business expansion strategies to gain a high competitive edge.

APAC Thin Wafer Market

South Korea thin wafer market accounted for over 25% of revenue share in 2020 and is poised to expand at a CAGR of more than 6% between 2021 and 2027 driven by the presence of major semiconductor manufacturers in the region such as Samsung, SK Hynix, and ON Semiconductor, among others. Additionally, rising government initiatives along with funding activities have further accelerated the growth opportunity for thin wafer manufacturing.

Thin Wafer Market Share

Key companies operating in the thin wafer market are:

  • SK Siltron Co., Ltd
  • Siltronic AG
  • GlobalWafers
  • Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd
  • Virginia Semiconductor Inc.

Industry leaders are continuously involved in acquisition and collaboration strategies to accelerate their business opportunities.


The thin wafer market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2016 to 2027 for the following segments:

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Market, By Thickness

  • >200 μm
  • 100 μm - 199 μm
  • 50 μm - 99 μm
  • 30 μm - 49 μm
  • 10 μm - 29 μm
  • <10 μm

Market, By Wafer Size

  • 100 mm
  • 125 mm
  • 200 mm
  • 300 mm

Market, By Process

  • Temporary bonding & debonding
    • UV-release adhesives
    • Thermal-release adhesives
    • Solvent-release adhesives
  • Carrier less approach/Taiko process

Market, By Application

  • MEMS
  • CMOS image sensors
  • Memory
  • RF devices
  • LED
  • Interposers
  • Logic
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • Singapore
    • Brazil
    • Israel


Authors: Suraj Gujar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market share for thin wafers crossed USD 6.5 billion in annual revenue in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of over 6% through 2027 with increasing demand for compact and miniaturized devices like smart wearables and smartphones.
The 100?m - 199?m wafer thickness segment held close to 50% of the thin wafer market share in 2020 and could observe a growth rate of 6% up to 2027 driven by increasing adoption in memory devices.
The overall market revenue from the temporary bonding and debonding process segment was valued at USD 250 million in 2020 and is expected to strike a CAGR of 7% by 2027.
The market size from LED applications will account for nearly 20% of the revenue share by 2027 due to the rising adoption of thin wafers in VCSEL technology.
South Korea thin wafer size was responsible for close to 25% of the revenue share in 2020 and will expand at a 6% CAGR through 2027 due to the strong presence of major semiconductor manufacturers across the region.

Thin Wafer Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 232
  • Countries covered: 13
  • Pages: 232
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