Technavio estimates global power transistor market to surpass $18 billion by 2020

Renewable energy


Power transistor: Key market research findings

  • Development of GaN transistors 
  • Use of tunnel transistors to meet power needs of future chips

Technavio has released a new market research report on the global power transistor market, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than a5% between 2016 and 2020. The increased use of battery operated systems, electric and hybrid vehicles, generators for harnessing renewable energy, and smart grids, and the need for efficient use of electricity and conservation of power is creating demand for power transistors almost everywhere. Consumer electronic goods are the largest users of power transistors. APAC dominates the global market for power transistors, accounting for 55% of the total market share. Much of the region’s growth can be attributed to the impressive growth in the production of consumer electronic goods in China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan.

The new industry research report from Technavio discusses in detail the key drivers and trends responsible for the growth of this market and its sub-segments.

“Researchers are coming up with new fabrication technologies such as use of gallium nitride, to reduce power consumption in electronic devices. Gallium nitride is replacing silicon as the semiconductor material owing to its increased efficiency. The new GaN transistors have at least one-tenth the resistance of silicon transistors, which make them more energy-efficient.  These GaN power transistors are being used to develop laptop power adapters of about 1.5 cubic inches in volume and ensure better power electronics for data centers, which consume much electricity,” says Asif Ghani, Lead Analyst, Hardware & Semiconductor, Technavio Research

The latest technology in power transistors is tunnel field effect transistors. They are made up of molybdenum disulfide (MoS₂) and are designed using band-to-band tunneling. Tunnel transistors are beneficial in reducing the off state current by separating out high-energy electrons even in the switched-off mode. They cut down power dissipation by more than 90%. These transistors are quite helpful in creating super-dense, low-power circuits and ultra-sensitive biosensors and gas sensors.

The leading vendors in the global power transistor market are Fairchild Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies, International Rectifier, Mitsubishi Electric, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba. This market is highly competitive and fragmented where vendors compete on the basis of price, innovation, quality, and performance. The market is quite stable now with products having high-volume applications.

A more detailed analysis is available in the Technavio report, Global Power Transistor Market 2016-2020.

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