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Slow but steady climb for power transistors

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power transistors? discrete semiconductor? MOSFETs? IGBT?

The market for discrete power transistors was worth $12.3 billion in 2012, a year-on-year fall of 8 per cent brought about by weak economic growth, according to market researcher IC Insights.

Power transistor sales are forecast to increase 7 per cent in 2013 to $13.2 billion, followed by an 8 per cent rise in 2014 to a new all-time high of $14.3 billion.

IC Insights is not forecasting another economic recession or semiconductor downturn in the next five years and power transistor annual revenues are expected to increase by a compound annual growth rate of nearly 8.5 per cent between 2012 and 2017.

The overall discrete semiconductor market fell 7 per cent in 2012 to $21.7 billion after growing 12 per cent in 2011 to an all-time high of $23.4 billion. Power transistor products accounted for 57 per cent of total discretes sales in 2012, and that share is projected to reach 61 per cent in 2017.

Power transistor market

Power transistor market. Source: IC Insights.

The market for power transistors is being driven by the rising significance of battery-operated equipment, battery-operated vehicles and renewable electricity generation.

Sales of MOSFETs handling up to 40V are forecast to show the strongest growth in the next five years with sales increasing by a CAGR of 9.7 per cent, said IC Insights. Insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) modules are the next fastest growing segment with sales increasing by a projected CAGR of 9.2 per cent, followed by discrete IGBT transistors, which are forecast to grow by an annual rate of 8.8 per cent in the 2012-2017 period. Sales of FETs handling over 400V are projected to rise by a CAGR of 8.6 per cent over the five-year period.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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