Discrete power semiconductors and microcontrollers will find significant opportunities in automotives as hybrid and electric vehicles gain popularity. End-user market expansion, increased automobile multiplexing, and wider application of vehicle integrated circuits (ICs) will likely sustain this growth.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, World Markets for Discrete Power Semiconductors in Automobiles, reveals that the market earned revenues of $1.76 billion in 2006 and estimates this to reach $2.66 billion in 2010.
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“Government safety, security, and pollution regulations have encouraged the use of electronic content in automobiles in order to eliminate human errors,” says Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Bonnie Varghese K. “This has had a direct and positive impact on the automotive power discretes markets.”
Manufacturers have to ensure that attractive price points and technological superiority back product performance and quality in order to take advantage of market opportunities. They will also have to determine how to overcome challenges associated with the increased integration of power discretes with application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).
Discretes with higher levels of integration pose numerous problems to manufacturers. The high on-resistance interconnects and complications involved in the isolation of power cause design cycle delays, thereby prolonging the time-to-market. Once discrete power semiconductors resolve issues such as safety, security and telematics, driver information applications will likely grow at a startling pace.
The intricate processes required to create an integrated solution often increase the product cost. Therefore, manufacturers should focus on module solutions, particularly within the high-voltage discrete segment.
“Having a modular solution that integrates discrete power semiconductors with a small high-performance package enhances the performance at a relatively lower cost,” notes Varghese. “Another advantage of using the module is better thermal management, which represents a key concern in the automotive industry.”
Asia will likely become one of the fastest growing markets due to the increasing sales of automobiles in this region. However, Europe will likely generate the most revenues due to its early technology adoption and favorable government regulations that helped standardize applications such as the anti-lock braking system (ABS).
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