Semiconductor metrology market up 16.4% in 2006

For 2006, the Semiconductor Metrology/Inspection market underperformed the overall semiconductor equipment market, growing only 16.4%, compared to an overall growth rate of 33.6% for the front-end equipment market, The Information Network says. For 2007, the researcher anticipates growth in the metrology/inspection market of 3%, compared to a negative 4% growth in the overall front-end equipment market. The metrology/inspection market is expected go grow 16% in 2008.