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Electric cars drive growth in power electronics space

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Yole Development? Internet of Things? power electronics? MOSFET? EV?

Power electronics market is on its way to recovery after several harsh years and will continue to expand, Yoke Developpement reported. Driven by electric and hybrid vehicles, the market will exceed $18.26 billion by 2020, noted the market research company.

IGBT power modules will lead this growth and reach a CAGR of 10.3 per cent through 2020, compared to 5.1 per cent growth for discrete components.

"New technologies have appeared in the last decade, such as Super Junction MOSFETs, which have brought the MOSFET family into higher voltage segments up to 900V, with better performance. In terms of power packaging, ongoing evolution is driven particularly by the EV/HEV industry," the report said.

Power module material market

Power electronics must follow the broad industry trend to become more compact, also from the report. There is more space-saving pressure in electric vehicles, for example, which drives lower density components with voltage ranges between 600V and 1.2kV. EV also need lower than 10kW on-board chargers and DC/DC converters, said Pierric Gueguen, business unit manager of Yole power electronics.

Gueguen also pointed to the wide band gap device market, which Yole expects to represent 5 per cent of the total power market by 2020. Silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN)-based devices are intended for high voltage, high frequency, and high temperature applications such those in rail traction and PV inverter markets.

Power device technology positioning

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