LONDON The global voltage regulation IC market, which over the past few years has enjoyed growth in the 10 to 15 percent range, only managed to increase by 5 percent in 2007, to more than $7 bn, according to the latest analysis from IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
However, according to Ash Sharma , IMS Research Director for the power and energy group "all the signs are there for a return to traditional growth this year, with volume shipments of plasma displays and high end consumer and computing equipment set for growth."
However, he cautioned that this forecast depends on the state of the global economy.
Sharma said the major players in the voltage regulation sector are Texas Instruments, National Semiconductor, Linear Technology, Infineon Technologies , Maxim and Analog Devices , but he declined to rank them in terms of exact volume or value shipments.
The IMS research suggests that the non-isolated regulation market weakened in 2007, following a period of prolonged high growth. However, the isolated market continued to perform well, due to demand for highly efficient controllers for AC-DC power supplies.
"It is clear that the voltage regulation market weakened in 2007, partly due to inventory correction; however, some applications, such as notebook PCs and high-end consumer equipment bucked this trend," said Sharma.
"Vendors are hoping for a much stronger 2008, but whilst the long-term drivers for power management remain favorable, short-term spending in the consumer and computing sectors looks uncertain due to the current economic climate," he added.