LONDON – The market for power devices, including discrete, modules and power ICs, will be about $11.5 billion in 2013, presenting annual growth of about 10.5 percent, according to market analysis company Yole Developpement (Lyon, France).
The growth will come after a collapse in 2012. The market fell by about 16.5 percent to about $10.4 billion in 2012 from a record value of $12.5 billion in 2011, according to Yole data.
The bounce back to growth in 2013 will be followed by stronger annual growth in 2014, of about 20 percent to take the market to $13.8 billion.
The growth appears set to be shared across all three power device categories over the next couple of years. Discrete power devices represent about half the market while modules and power ICs are about a 25 percent each.
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The 2006 to 2020 power device market by value and annual growth. Source: Yole Developpement, January 2013.
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