MANHASSET, NY -- The market for power management semiconductors is predicted to decline by 6 percent by year-end, due mostly to pronounced softness in the global consumer markets.
Revenue derived from the use of power management chips will amount to $29.9 billion by the end of 2012, down from $31.8 billion last year, according to an IHS Report. The industry posted a small 1.5 percent increase last year, from revenue of $31.4 billion in 2010.
The previous IHS forecast for 2012, issued in September, called for slight 1.7 percent growth for the market. “Despite the popularity of devices like smartphones and tablets, the consumer markets as a whole remain soft, with specific segments—like notebooks and other computer platforms—registering perceptible slowdowns.” said Marijana Vukicevic, senior principal analyst for power management at IHS.
A deceleration of energy initiatives in Asia is also contributing to the decline. Government incentives encouraging improved-efficiency cooling systems for residential and commercial use have expired, but new replacement stimulus efforts never took place in 2012.
The market is set to return to growth in 2013 and a modest rate of expansion ensues after that for the next three years, with industry revenue reaching an estimated $38.7 billion by 2016.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.