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In-circuit test (ICT) is an example of white-box testing where an electrical probe tests a populated printed circuit board (PCB). It is used to check for shorts, opens, resistance, capacitance, and other basic quantities, which will show whether the assembly was correctly fabricated. It can be performed with a bed of nails type fixture and specialist test equipment or a fixtureless in-circuit test setup. ICT (In-Circuit Test) programming is used for controlling the probes, making FPT's highly efficient in examining PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) that pose issues regarding accessibility. The presence of electromechanical controllers in flying probe testers enable access to PCBs and thereby growing the market. PCB is considered as a complex assembly with several components and solder connections. Each component in such an assembly performs to the highest standard as even a slight defect can affect the overall quality and performance. Testing is performed either by the specialist test equipment or with a fixtureless in-circuit test setup. In-Circuit Test is an accurate form of PCB testing that performs a schematic verification.
Based on the type, the in-circuit test market is segmented as analog and mixed. The mixed in-circuit test segment leads the market owing to the increasing demand for mixed-signal in-circuit test. It has the advantage of having both analog circuits as well as a digital circuit on a single semiconductor die. Also, mixed-signal circuits or systems are considered cost-effective solutions for building any modern consumer electronics applications.
Based on the portability, the segment is classified as compact and benchtop. The compact segment is expected to hold the largest market due to the increasing adoption of advanced electronics across various automotive and consumer electronics sectors. These sectors are expanding with an increase in demand for their products, and these sectors use the compact PCBs for various types of equipment and parts manufacturing.
The application is classified as aerospace, defense and government services, consumer electronics, medical equipment, wireless communication, and others. The consumer electronic segment uplifts the market due to the surging demand for consumer electronics such as smartphones, TVs, refrigerators, and other home appliances. Also, accurately testing every component for better performance aids in the growth of the market.
The in-circuit test market's key market driver is an increase in consumer electronics manufacturing, including laptops, smartphones, and other consumer electronics. Other factors that will drive the market are the growing number of PCB applications in the upcoming consumer electronics and telecom sector. The rising adoption of high-density interconnect (HDI) technology for PCB assembly, and increasing penetration of cloud computing and the internet of things (IoT) devices will also cater to the market's growth.
The key market restraint is the high cost related to variation in testing processes. Other factors that hinder the market are; lack of standardization in connectivity protocol, which is very important while designing the in-circuit test system, which can affect the operational activity of the in-circuit test if not standardized device.
Key Market Driver -
Increase in manufacturing of consumer electronics.
Key Market Restraint -
High cost related to variation in testing processes.
Some of the major companies in the In-Circuit Test Market are Teradyne, Test Research, Inc., Keysight Technologies, Hioko E.E Corporation, Teradyne Inc.., Test Research Inc., Acculogic, Seica S.p.A., CheckSum LLC, Kyoritsu Electric India Pvt Ltd, Seika Machinery Inc.
The global in-circuit market is studied across different regions like North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America region holds the largest share of the total in-circuit test market due to development in the electrical sector, which will increase the applications of in-circuit test devices. The growing pace of industrialization at a higher rate will also aid in market growth. Europe is also expected to witness healthy growth in electrical and semiconductors in countries like the UK, Germany, and France. The Asia-pacific region is projected to grow at a higher CAGR in the market during the forecast period owing to the increasing demand for electronic gadgets and home appliances driven by the growing number of consumers in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The presence of highly populated countries such as China and India with the increasing economy and increasing consumption of electronics also attributes to the growing demand for the in-circuit test market. Latin America, and Middle East & Africa are expected to uplift the market due to the technological development in the electrical industries and the upcoming electrical projects.
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