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China's power management IC sector continues to grow

Posted: 07 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:China power management? power management IC? portable products?

China's power management chip market continued to grow in 2006, posting sales revenue of about $3.53 billion, reports CCID Consulting. The sector also posted a CAGR of 30.1 percent between 2002 and 2006.

Fueling this growth is the continued shift of international electronic product manufacturing industry to China and the rapid growth of the output of corresponding products in the country. According to the market firm, portable devices including cellphones, notebooks, digital cameras, portable media players (PMPs) and game consoles sustained fast output growth in recent years, contributing to the rapid growth of chip output in China. This growth of the portable products sector also promoted the growth of the power management chip market in the country through product and technology renewal, added the firm.

Product upgrade directly increased power consumption in portable devices. The latest portable devices today integrate multimedia playing functions as well as imaging, GPS, Bluetooth and Internet access. In terms of the display, most devices support the trend for high resolution and big screens. Today, a 3G handset consumes twice as much as power than an ordinary 2G mobile phone, while one PMP consumes several times as much power as one ordinary MP3 player. There are two ways to increase the stand-by time of a deviceby increasing the quantity of electric power and by increasing power conversion efficiency through advanced power management devices and better utilization of power.

CCID Consulting reports that the development trend of power management chips in China shows that performance, size, heat generation and cost often "mutually constrain" each another. Finding a perfect solution that addresses this concern is very difficult but designers can opt to use optimal solutions for their requirements. The market firm added that new applications and demand for powerful solutions can always bring about technology renewal.

The market firm predicted that more ASSP products will be used for certain apps. Though ASSPs cannot solve all the power management demand of certain devices, it can convert power for some general-purpose modules and can reduce device size. CCID Consulting added that as portable equipment continues to rely on batteries for power and LCD screens continue to increase in size, there will be more applications for battery charging ICs and display driver ICs.

CCID Consulting said that China's market for power management chips used in portable applications will continue to grow over the next few years at a rate of 20 percent despite the projected gradual slowdown of China's overall power management chip market.

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