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Automotive Systems Drive Power Transistor Market

The average price of a power transistor will drop slightly 2014, despite robust demand.
The power transistor market will grow 9 percent to $13.1 billion in 2011, according to a new report by market researcher IC Insights.

Unit shipments will rise to 58.8 billion units driven by strong demand in areas such as automotive systems, renewable energy systems such as solar panels and wind turbines, battery-operated portable products, and more efficient power supplies.

Sales of modules built with insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) will rise 10 percent to $2.5 billion in 2011, while IGBT transistor products and power field-effect transistors (FETs) are forecast to grow 9 percent this year to $960 million and $6.9 billion, respectively.

IGBT modules, IGBT transistors, and power FETs for low- and high-voltage applications will achieve sales records in 2011, according to IC Insights.

Between 2010 and 2015, total power transistor revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4 percent, reaching $16.3 billion.

Sales of low-voltage power FETs (up to 200 volts) will rise at a CAGR of 6.7 percent to $16.4 billion by 2015. IGBT module sales are expected to increase by a CAGR of 7.0 percent to $3.2 billion in 2015, and discrete IGBT transistors are forecast to rise at an annual average of 6.5 percent to $1.2 billion, reported IC Insights.

Buyers can expect prices for power transistors to decline slightly between now and 2015. The average price of a power transistor will drop from 22.7 cents in 2010 to 22.3 cents in 2011. The average annual price will continue to fall until 2014 when it reaches 21 cents and will remain at 21 cents in 2015, according to IC Insights.