LONDON Infineon Technologies is in danger of losing its leading position as the world's largest supplier of power semiconductors (discretes and modules) this year according to market watcher IMS Research.
The latest power semis study from IMS (Northampton, England) suggests Infineon remained leader for the fourth consecutive year and in fact recorded the largest increase in market share of all suppliers in 2006.
It now commands an 8.6 percent share of the $12.3 billion market.
However, Ash Sharma, who tracks the segment at IMS and is research director for the power and energy group, commented: "Whilst Infineon has managed to retain its title as the largest supplier by growing its business by 25 percent last year, it is very possible that it will be overtaken this year by Vishay, which closed its acquisition of International Rectifier's PCS business in April. Infineon could see Vishay surge past them from their current sixth position."
According to Sharma, all of the top six suppliers to the market gained market share, whilst the market itself recorded a healthy 12 percent growth in 2006. He added the segment has a healthy growth potential.
Sharma puts IR in equal second spot for 2006 market share, with 8 percent, the same as Fairchild, followed by ST Microelectronics (7.5 percent), Toshiba (6.5 percent) and Vishay at 6 percent.
The others in the top ten are Mitsubishi (including Powerex), Fuji Electric, Renesas and ON Semiconductor, in tenth slot with a 3 percent market share.