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Power semiconductor market to grow 5% in 2015

According to the latest report by IHS Technology the overall power semiconductor market, including both power discretes and power modules, is predicted to grow 5% in 2015 to reach $17billion. In 2014, year-over-year power discrete revenue grew 5% and power module revenue grew 12%.

Also, according to the report, the global power module market is projected to comprise 30% of the power semiconductor market by 2019, growing at twice the rate of power discretes, from 2014 to 2019.

“OEMs will continue to want modular power solutions, which can be integrated into various subsystems and used in many different devices,” said Richard Eden, senior analyst of the semiconductor value chain for IHS Technology. “Power modules are widely found in inverters for wind converters, photovoltaic solar energy systems and other renewable energy applications. They are also found in industrial motor drives and hybrid and electric vehicles.”

“Standardised discrete power semiconductors have become commoditised with little differentiation,” said Victoria Fodale, senior analyst of the semiconductor value chain for IHS Technology. “OEMs and ODMs typically multisource discrete products through distributors.”

Infineon continued to be the largest supplier for the global power semiconductor market in 2014, with an estimated market share of 13%. Mitsubishi ranked second, at 7%.STMicrosystems moved up to the third market position, displacing Toshiba, with an estimated market share of 6%.

With the acquisition of International Rectifier by Infineon, the market landscape for power semiconductors is said to be changing. The merged companies held almost 27% of the power transistor market in 2014. The transistor product category includes bipolar transistors, MOSFETs, and IGBT products, accounting for about two thirds of the total discrete power semiconductor market.

Mitsubishi Electric was the largest supplier for power modules in 2014, although the company’s estimated share of the market remained at 24% for 2013 and 2014. Infineon maintained the second-ranked position at 20%. The top four power module suppliers – Mitsubishi, Infineon, Semikron and Fuji Electric – accounted for 65 percent of the global power module market in 2014.

Tom Austin-Morgan

Source:  www.newelectronics.co.uk

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