Potential growth of many end-user application markets such as next-generation wireless communications, consumer and automotive electronics, as well as computer applications, is expected to boost the power transistor markets. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, World Power Transistor Markets (Report A214) reveals that this market generated revenues worth $5.27 B in 2001 and is estimated to reach $6.23 B in 2004.
Utilization of enhanced transistors in green energy power generation from solar energy, windmills, micro-hydroelectric systems and flywheels provide a multitude of market opportunities. Expansion of data-communication infrastructure as well as a growing need for mobile and Internet connectivity create favorable market propositions for manufacturers. Increased use of electronic systems in automobiles, such as body electronics and power train systems, catapult demand. Requirements of high power densities for portable electronic applications and the development of technologies such as hybrid/electric vehicles currently provide new avenues of growth. New models of white goods with high energy efficiency and greater performance also drive market development. The Asia Pacific market is expected to grow strongly with its communication infrastructure build-up and increased relocation of manufacturing facilities from other regions. Continued development of better technologies increases internal market competition and necessitates constant review of product strategies. Innovative solutions such as trench-gate and non-punch-through technologies effectively combat the decline in price, revenue margins and demand by providing end-users integrated as well as functional smart solutions.
Manufacturers are consolidating their businesses and concentrating on core competencies due to market maturity and slow recovery of the economy. Demand anticipation and proactive allocation of resources enable companies to counter high inventory build-ups caused by cyclic demand variations in end-user application markets. The emergence of contract electronics manufacturers that prefer fewer number of suppliers compel market participants to widen their product portfolio. Vendors with the ability to deliver several components, on time, at numerous global locations are likely to dominate the market.