Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/130a19/the_world_market_f) has announced the addition of the "The World Market for Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) Equipment" report to their offering.
Chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) is a common practice in the formation of integrated circuits. Typically, CMP is used for the planarization of semiconductor wafers.
CMP equipment revenues in 2009 were approximately US$480 million.
A number of companies are seeking to develop technologies that offer highly superior productivity to 45nm cutting-edge semiconductor manufacturing plants to maintain competitive advantage. Most CMP companies expect the semiconductor industry to continue making active investments in the medium-to-long term, and the semiconductor manufacturing equipment industry that CMP companies serve is also expected to grow. Applied Materials, Ebara Corporation and Novellus/Speedfam are the main players in the CMP market.