This twelfth-edition report, “Worldwide DC-DC Portable Power Converter IC Forecasts Applications, Amperages, Products and Competitive Environment,” provides detailed, quantitative forecasts for near-term and longer-term growth for this important semiconductor market. The emergence of new power architectures, smaller form factors, more efficient designs and improved power management technology, combined with growing demand in a variety of applications ranging from mobile phone handsets and tablet computers to portable medical and military equipment will create both opportunities and threats. Made up of the communications, computer, consumer, portable medical and portable military segments, the dc-dc converter ICs market will experience a number of significant opportunities and threats over the forecast period as competitors scramble to produce products for the latest demanding applications.

Topics include:

Portable Power Overview
Emerging Trends and Developments
Developments in Power Management ICs (PMICs)
Alternative Trends and Developments
Forecast Assumptions and Methodology
Worldwide DC-DC Converter IC Forecast Review
DC-DC Converter ICs
DC-DC Converter/Regulator IC Forecasts
Topology Forecasts
Topology Forecasts by Application
Amperage Forecasts
DC-DC Controller IC Forecasts
PMIC Forecasts
Application and Product Type Forecasts
Competitive Environment

Summary

According to Darnell’s twelfth-edition analysis of “Worldwide DC-DC Portable Power Converter IC Forecasts Applications, Amperages, Products and Competitive Environment”, communications applications such as mobile phone handsets that have been the primary growth engine for this market for nearly a decade are no longer the dominant source of growth. Emerging applications in the portable computing segment such as tablets and ultra books have become the new growth engine for this large and important market.

While it is no longer the fastest-growing segment, communications applications are still projected to maintain the largest converter IC market over the forecast period. Driving the forecast for the communications segment are switching regulators and power management ICs (PMICs) used in mobile phone markets. This is a large and important market for makers of power management ICs. Driven by traditional applications including the three C’s – communications, computers and consumer, the total worldwide Portable Power dc-dc converter IC market is projected to grow from about 31 billion units in 2013 to over 50 billion units in 2018, a CAGR of 10.3%. The addition of new architectures, smaller form factors, more efficient designs and improved power management is expected to create new opportunities.

Driven by the tablet computer market, the computer segment is projected to be the second largest and fastest growing market for converter ICs. It is expected to be driven by the large switching regulator and controller IC markets.

The Forecasts presented in this year’s edition are based on a detailed analysis of 22 portable power applications divided among five categories: communications, computer, consumer, portable medical and portable military/aerospace segments. In past editions, forecasts included both portable and non-portable applications. This report will focus exclusively on the portable segment. Converter IC forecasts include converter/regulator ICs, charge pumps, low drop out regulators (LDOs), switching regulators, PMICs, and controller ICs.

By the end of the forecast period, almost 80.0% of converter/regulator IC sales will be in the switching regulator segment. Although switching regulators garner a lot of attention due to their high efficiency, low drop-out (LDO) linear voltage regulators often offer the optimum solution for powering circuitry in many of the latest portable devices. Overall, the unit market for LDOs is expected to remain strong throughout the forecast period.

Most of the dc-dc converter/regulator IC’s used in portable devices are concentrated in the lower amperage ranges, with more than 98.0% of them falling below the >5A range over the forecast period. IC’s include charge pumps, LDOs and switching regulators. The .25A-.5A amperage range is projected to be the largest converter/regulator IC market.

The worldwide dc-dc controller IC market for portable power applications is also projected to present a significant opportunity. Due to the higher amperage and higher wattage operating requirements and fueled by notebooks and tablets, the computer segment is expected to dominate the controller IC market, making up over 98.0% of the controller IC unit market share over the forecast period.

Growing demand for power required of today’s feature rich portable consumer electronics devices is expected to fuel demand for power management integrated circuits (PMICs). Driven primarily by the mobile phone market, the communications segment will present one of the better opportunities for PMICs.

This 83-page analysis includes over 30 tables and graphs covering the worldwide portable power converter IC market for 22 applications. This report only looks at the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market. The focus of this comprehensive analysis will be to provide decision makers with a detailed and insightful look at the current and future opportunities available in the portable power converter IC market.

Table Of Contents

Introduction 6
Portable Power Overview 8
Emerging Trends and Developments 8
Developments in Power Management ICs (PMICs) 8
Alternative Trends and Developments 11
Power Supply in Package (PSiP) 11
Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) 12
Forecast Assumptions and Methodology 14
Worldwide DC-DC Converter IC Forecast Review 15
DC-DC Converter ICs 17
DC-DC Converter/Regulator IC Forecasts 19
Topology Forecasts 20
Topology Forecasts by Application 23
Charge Pump Forecasts by Application 23
LDO Forecasts by Application 30
Switching Regulator Forecasts by Application 38
Amperage Forecasts 46
DC-DC Controller IC Forecasts 49
PMIC Forecasts 53
Application and Product Type Forecasts 59
Communications 59
Computers 60
Consumers 63
Portable Medical 64
Military/Aerospace 64
Competitive Environment 70
Dialog Semiconductor 70
Enpirion (Altera Corp.) 71
Fairchild Semiconductor 71
Freescale Semiconductor 72
Infineon Technologies 73
Integrated Device Technology 74
Linear Technology 74
Maxim Integrated Products 75
On Semiconductor 76
Renasas Electronics 77
ROHM Co. 78
Skyworks Solutions 78
Texas Instruments 80

List of Tables

Table 1 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter IC Market
(millions of units) 17

Table 2 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs by Topology
(millions of units) 19

Table 3 - Worldwide Portable Charge Pump Market by Application
(millions of units) 23

Table 4 - Worldwide Portable Charge Pump Market by Application
Segments (millions of units) 28

Table 5 - Worldwide Portable LDO Market by Application
(millions of units) 30

Table 6 - Worldwide Portable LDO Market by Application Segments
(millions of units) 37

Table 7 - Worldwide Portable Switching Regulator Market by
Application (millions of units) 38

Table 8 - Worldwide Portable Switching Regulator Market by
Application Segments (millions of units) 45

Table 9 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs by
Amperage (millions of units) 46

Table 10 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Controller IC Market
by Application (millions of units) 49

Table 11 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Controller IC Market
by Application Segments (millions of units) 52

Table 12 - Worldwide Portable PMIC Market by Application
(millions of units) 53

Table 13 - Worldwide Portable PMIC Market by Application Segments
(millions of units) 58

Table 14 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter IC Market by
Application/ Product Type (millions of units) 59

Table 15 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter IC Market Communication
Applications by Product Type (millions of units) 65
Table 16 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter IC Market Computer
Applications by Product Type (millions of units) 66

Table 17A - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter IC Market Consumer
Applications by Product Type (millions of units) 67

Table 17B - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter IC Market Consumer
Applications by Product Type (millions of units) 68

Table 18 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter IC Market Portable Medical
Applications by Product Type (millions of units) 69

Table 19 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter IC Market Military/Aerospace
Applications by Product Type (millions of units) 69

List of Graphs

Graph 1 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter IC Market
(millions of units) 18

Graph 2 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs by Topology
(millions of units) 21

Graph 3 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs by Topology
(market Share) 22
Graph 4 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs Charge Pumps
By Application (millions of units) 25

Graph 5 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs Charge Pumps
By Application (market Share) 26

Graph 6 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs LDOs
By Application (millions of units) 33

Graph 7 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs LDOs
By Application (market Share) 34

Graph 8 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs - Switching
Regulators by Application (millions of units) 41

Graph 9 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs - Switching
Regulators by Application (market Share) 42

Graph 10 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs by Amperage
(millions of units) 47

Graph 11 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter/Regulator ICs by Amperage
(market Share) 48

Graph 12 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Controller IC Market by Application
(millions of units) 50

Graph 13 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC PMIC Market by Application
(millions of units) 55

Graph 14 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC PMIC Market by Application
(market Share) 56

Graph 15 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter IC Market by Applications
(millions of units) 61
Graph 16 - Worldwide Portable DC-DC Converter IC Market by Applications
(market share) 62


Companies Mentioned

Advanced Analog Technologies, Akros Silicon, Alcatel-Lucent, Altera Corp., Amazon, Analog Devices, Apple, Avago Technologies, Barnes and Noble, Cisco Systems, COBY Energizer, Continental Automotive, DENSO, Department of Defense, Dialog Semiconductor, Enpirion, Ericsson, Facebook, Fairchild Semiconductor, Foxconn, Freescale Semiconductor, Fujitsu, Future Electronics, General Electric, Google, Hewlett Packard, Hittite Microwave, Honeywell, HTC, Huawei, IEEE, Infineon Technologies, Intel, Itron, LG Electronics, Linear Technology, Maxim Integrated Products, Microsoft, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Nintendo, Nokia, Nokia Siemens, Northrup Grumman, NPD Group, ON Semiconductor, Peregrine Semiconductor, Pew Research Center, Philips, PowerGen, Renesas Semiconductor, Research in Motion, RF Micro Devices, ROHM Semiconductor, Samsung, Sarda Technologies, Sensus, Siemens, Skyworks Solutions, Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Triquint Semiconductor, Valeo, Vicor, Wal Mart, ZTE.

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