This trend demands efficient power management solutions for electronics and is spurring developments in the power management integrated circuits (PMIC) industry.
“The electronic products industry is focused on developing smaller form devices and integrating additional features in a single device,” says Technical Insights Research Analyst Ashwini Meena. “The immense proliferation of electronic products and increasing need for energy conservation creates the requirement for developing more advanced and reliable next-generation PMICs.”
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The main challenge faced by the PMIC industry is the shrinking size of devices increasing overall complexity. Further, the PMIC also has to become smaller in order to cope with the continuous size reduction of the portable electronic products.
The need for designing small-size portable products has resulted in the shrinking process geometries in the semiconductor industry. Decrease in the sizes of ICs and high levels of integration have led to thermal management problems, due to increased heat dissipation levels.
“High heat production has a direct impact on the reliability and efficiency of electronic devices and to overcome this challenge, researchers are working on innovative packaging techniques, which would reduce heat dissipation,” notes Meena.
The power market is highly fragmented and the world of PMICs, being extremely competitive, has been burgeoning with innovations and developments. The application areas for PMIC are highly extensive and it is vital for vendors to be aware of the technology developments in large end-user markets such as computers and peripherals, communications, automotive, consumer electronics and industrial.
Thus, the PMIC industry needs a high level of innovation, as it must keep up with the highly technologically advanced electronic products industry. PMIC providers need to meet the design requirements of the electronic products industry.
“The advent of applications using light emitting diodes (LEDs) with increased IC usage in the automotive industry is a major driver for PMICs,” notes Meena. “With digital power and the associated monitoring and control features software, IP will also become an important technology for PMICs.”
Overall, the PMIC industry is focusing on delivering solutions, which can help end users balance between three main parameters – power consumption, performance efficiency and cost.
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