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Growth continues for power semiconductor market

Posted: 03 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power semiconductor? IGBTs? MOSFETs?

According to a new report from IMS Research, the power semiconductor discrete and module market has grown by only nine percent in 2011. Growth in this particular industry seemed to have slowed down coming after a spectacular recovery in 2010. 2011 was a year of two very different halves. The high growth rate of 2010 continued on during the first part of the year. Demand then started to fall during Q2. When Q3 came around, the European crisis hit and this further dampened business confidence. By the time Q4 was underway, the industry was already experiencing a sharp decline, which was largely caused by a prolonged inventory correction.

Statistics from the new Power and Semiconductor Discretes and Modules report show that power semiconductor revenues increased by nine percent to just under $18billion in 2011. In the same year, market for power modules grew by 32 percent, much faster when compared to discrete power semiconductors which only grew by 3 percent. The main drivers of the growth of the power module revenues were solar energy, car production and consumer appliances. On the other hand, discrete semiconductors were used in faster-moving goods such as televisions and notebook and desktop computers, enabling their sales respond quickly to changes in consumer confidence.

In ranking the top ten suppliers of power semiconductor discretes and modules, Infineon remained the leading supplier. Infineon was able to further cement its position as a leader in insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) and was the fastest growing supplier in the power metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) market. Meanwhile, Mistubishi Electric was able to maintain its market leadership in power modules, allowing it to take second place in the total market.

For the second year running, Japanese manufacturers benefitted from the strengthening value of the Yen, which inflated their revenue share in terms of U.S. dollars. Japanese suppliers now account for 51 percent of the power module market, up from 48 percent in 2010.

The following is a list of the top ten suppliers of Power Semiconductor Discretes and Modules Worldwide in 2011:

  1. 1. Infineon
  2. 2. Mitsubishi Electric
  3. 3. Toshiba
  4. 4. STMicroelectronics
  5. 5. International Rectifier
  6. 6. Fuji Electric
  7. 7. Fairchild
  8. 8. Vishay
  9. 9. Renesas
  10. 10. Semikron





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