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Power IC market posts 24% slide in 2009

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power semiconductor? power IC market? MOSFET?

The power semiconductor market posted $10.1 billion in 2009, down 24 percent from 2008 (power modules dropped 26 percent, and discretes 24 percent). The market has not dropped by such a large extent since 2001, when it fell 22 percent because of the "dot com" collapse.

IMS Research estimates the discrete power semiconductor market was worth $8.1 billion in 2009. Power MOSFETs and power rectifier revenues, together accounting for 74 percent of the total, each declined approximately 25 percent. Protected MOSFETs saw the largest decline, falling by nearly 40 percent, though this is not surprising as over 95 percent are bought by the automotive sector.

Supplier rankings for the discrete power IC market saw an important change in 2009; Toshiba moved from 5th place in 2008 to 1st in 2009. Josh Flood, market analyst at IMS Research, "Toshiba performed incredibly in 2009 considering the economic situation at the beginning of the year. One of the many reasons for Toshiba's strong performance was its large customer base in Asia outside Japan, where the discrete power IC market fell by only 5 percent to 15 percent depending on the device category."

Infineon Technologies was estimated to have increased its power IC market share to 11.1 percents in 2009 and remained the largest supplier to the market for the seventh consecutive year. The top five suppliers were estimated to account for almost 40 percent of the total 2009 market. IMS Research has released preliminary results for its latest report on the power semiconductor market.

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