Growth in end-user applications – mainly in consumer electronics, computers, aerospace, military equipment, communications and automotive sectors – is responsible for the revival of the world power transistors market after a brief slump in 2001.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, (semiconductors.frost.com), Strategic Analysis of the World Power Transistors Market, reveals that revenues in this market totaled $6,834.3 million in 2004 and projects to reach $8,830.5 million in 2008.
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“With their advantages of smaller size and lower weight, power transistors enable the development of lightweight, portable equipment such as computing devices and mobile phones,” explain Frost & Sullivan Research Analysts Aditya Prasad and C. Vasanthalakshmi. “Power transistors’ increased electronic content that includes antilock braking systems (ABS), ignition coil driver circuits and power steering also help improve its utility and demand in the automobile industry.”
Manufacturers are investing heavily in research to ensure continued development of the metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET), which continues to be the most popular technology in the 300 volts and below voltage range. Ultrasonic imaging systems and other biomedical instruments are expected to drive the MOSFET segment further.
Meanwhile, high switching speeds are enabling insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) to make significant inroads into the uninterrupted power supply (UPS) segment. Traction, variable speed motor drives, induction heating and welding, high frequency switch mode power supply in telecom and server systems are some major industrial applications for IGBTs.
Higher cell densities along with lower prices, enhanced features and miniaturization have aided MOSFETs and IGBTs in increasing their market share and maintaining their niche markets, especially in the booming industrial sector.
These increasing revenue shares, however, cut into those of bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) in the total power transistors market. Their shares are likely to further decline due to the limited technological innovation in this segment.
Nevertheless, BJTs are still in demand in the lighting industry and in the Asian markets for applications in the production of low-end consumer electronic products.
“Asia is a potential market for the majority of the manufacturers due to the increasing purchasing power of its citizens, especially in the communications and computers sectors,” says Prasad. “Semiconductor manufacturers are moving their production base units to Asian countries because of their developing economies, lower labor, installation and production costs, as well as shorter time-to-market.”
Despite these advantages, this shift leads to price competition, which in turn, can curb power transistors manufacturers’ revenue growth.
“Manufacturers are increasingly pressured to sell products at low prices and it is becoming hard for them to amortize their investments,” says Vasanthalakshmi. “They have to optimize low-cost manufacturing processes, introduce new packaging technologies and offer wider product portfolios to meet the huge requirements from large conglomerates to improve their profits.”
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