Power supply demand set to drive growth for semiconductors in 2013

January 24, 2013 // By Paul Buckley
The power supplies market will offer strong opportunities for some semiconductor manufacturers in 2013 forecasts market analyst, IMS Research.

Despite a largely flat market for power supplies in 2012 IMS Research recognises the opportunity for semiconductors in both the AC-DC and DC-DC power supply market and provides forecasts to 2016 in the market analyst’s report entitled ‘The World Market for Semiconductors in Merchant Power Supplies – 2012’.

Although the total world market for semiconductors used in power supplies is forecast to grow 6.5 percent in 2013, growth opportunities differ widely by semiconductor product and by application. Strongest growth is predicted for MPU/MCU/DSP/DSC products at 35 percent in 2013. Although this is currently one of the smallest markets for semiconductors used in power supplies, it is projected to grow by $45 million from 2012 to 2016 owing to adoption of digital power and advanced power factor correction (PFC) techniques.

Associate Director of IMS Research’s power management and conversion group, Ryan Sanderson, commented: “Demands for greater efficiency and increased power density continue to drive opportunities for semiconductor vendors. The market for digital power alone is forecast to quadruple in the next five years, as a direct result of this. Many more opportunities exist, however, linked to legislation and design changes.”

Other growth drivers include the increase in demand for power supplies which use synchronous rectification at the output, a trend projected to account for a large part of the $80 million growth forecast for the power MOSFET market from 2012 to 2017. In addition, the combined market for AC-DC switching regulators (integrated FET) and switching controllers (external FET) is predicted to grow by $270 million in the next five years. This is driven in part by demand for more intelligent solutions in cell phone chargers to cope with requirements for “no-load power consumption” and strong demand from applications such as tablets and LED lighting.

Sanderson added:“2012 was a difficult year for many semiconductor vendors who sell into power supplies, with reduced demand from many sectors. Demand from end markets such as