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Over 85 tables and graphs are presented in this report covering the dc-dc converter module power supply market for 24 applications. The report details all aspects of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market. The focus of this comprehensive analysis is to provide decision makers with a detailed and insightful look at the current and future opportunities available in the dc-dc converter module power supply market.
The dc-dc converter module power supply market is projected to see considerable growth over the next five years, with the dollar market increasing from $3.9 billion in 2014 to almost $5.0 billion in 2019, a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9%. Fueled by healthy growth in a number of traditional applications including the communications, computer and industrial sectors as well as the emergence of several new and innovative power architectures, the outlook for the dc-dc converter module power supply market is expected to remain strong over the forecast period.

One of the driving forces in this year’s edition is the emergence of digital power management and control. No longer considered an “emerging” technology, it has entered the mainstream and is now widely considered to be a commercial product and is now used in a growing number of applications. In fact, in one of the more interesting findings in this report, the unit market for dc-dc converter modules with digital capability is projected to grow three and a half times as fast as the overall dc-dc converter module unit market. This higher growth rate varies by application segment and by product type and is detailed in this report.
Another important factor in the growth of the dc-dc converter market over the next several years is the emergence of several new architectures including the Centralized Control Architecture (CCA) and the Dynamic Bus Architecture (DBA), both of which are expected to have a strong impact on the design of dc-dc converters. However, despite the projected growth of these new power architectures, the Intermediate Bus Architecture (IBA) is expected to remain the dominate force driving the sales of dc-dc converter modules over the forecast period.
Specific forecasts presented in this edition are based on a detailed quantitative analysis of 24 applications divided among five categories: communications, computers, industrial, medical and military/aerospace. Additional power supply forecasts are generated for wattage, input/output voltage, amperage, power architecture, digital penetration and product type. The forecasts and analysis presented in this report consider application drivers, technology trends, regulatory considerations, market sizes and other factors for each segment.

The communications power supply segment is expected to have the largest dollar and unit markets over the forecast period. Led by applications in the wireline sector, which will record the largest individual dollar market covered in this report, along with the wireless and consumer premises sectors, the communications segment will make up over one-third of the total dc-dc converter module dollar market over the forecast period.
Combined, the communications and computer segments are projected to make up over 75.0% of the overall dc-dc converter module unit market over the forecast period. In addition, both of these segments are also expected to benefit from the growing trend towards digital power management and control. In fact both of these areas are considered early digital power adopters, as applications in each segment such as telecom and servers both draw lots of power and feature sophisticated and/or complicated power management structures.
One of the more clearly defined trends in this report is the continued dominance of the 48V segment over the remainder of the forecast period. Although the use of 12V power buses has increased substantially, the continued use of the intermediate bus architecture (IBA) and to a lesser extent the newer centralized control architecture (CCA), will result in the 48V segment maintaining the largest unit and dollar market over the forecast period.

The largest unit markets for isolated dc-dc converter modules are located in the higher wattage ranges, specifically from 25W to 249W. The sales of isolated dc-dc converter modules are concentrated in both the higher output voltage and higher wattage ranges. Driven by strong growth in the communications, computer and industrial sectors, the three segments included in the 25W to 249W range are expected to account for over 50.0% of all isolated dc-dc converters sold over the forecast period.
Due to the fact that the majority of non-isolated converters drive low-voltage loads, the power levels presented in this report are measured by amps of output current. Due to a combination of strong unit sales and above average selling prices, the >50-?100A segment will maintain the largest dollar market, as there is still a growing demand for currents up to 100A as the higher levels are often used to feed banks of memory chips.

Another area to watch in the dc-dc converter market are advances in technology, components and materials, in particular advanced semiconductor materials such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN). In fact, considerable focus in the power industry is on the emergence of these two materials, both of which are expected to have an impact on the dc-dc power supply markets over the coming years. In the short term SiC is expected to be the primary replacement technology for traditional silicon power devices, while GaN seeks initial commercial traction in applications with breakdown voltages of less than < 600V and power requirements of less than 5kW.

Topics covered include:

General Overview
Emerging Trends and Developments
Digital Power Overview
Factors Driving Digital Demand in Power Supplies
Potential Areas of Digital Application
Alternative Energy Trends and Developments
Advancements in Semiconductor Materials
Evolving Power Architectures
Power Architecture by Application Forecasts
Power Architecture by Application Forecasts
Applications by Power Architecture Forecasts
Input Voltage Forecasts
Output Voltage Forecasts
Product Type Forecasts
Isolated DC-DC Converter Module Forecasts
Non-Isolated DC-DC Converter Module Forecasts
DC-DC Converter Module Application Forecasts
DC-DC Converter Module Application Digital Forecasts
Competitive Environment

Table Of Contents

Worldwide DC-DC Converter Module Forecasts: Power Architectures, Product Types, Voltage Trends and Applications
Introduction 9
Emerging Trends and Developments 11
Digital Power Overview 11
Factors Driving Digital Demand in Power Supplies 11
Potential Areas of Digital Application 17
Power and Energy Management: Accuracy Requirements 17
Multi-Phase Solutions 18
MicroTCA Power Modules 20
Distributed Power Open Standards Alliance (DOSA) Products 22
Alternative Trends and Developments 22
Power Supply in Package (PSiP) 23
Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) 26
Advancements in Semiconductor Materials 28
Silicon Carbide (SiC) 28
Gallium Nitride (GaN) 30
Evolving Power Architectures 34
DC-DC Converter Module Forecasts 34
Power Architecture by Application Forecasts 34
Classic Distributed Architecture 34
Intermediate Bus Architecture 40
Centralized Control Architecture 43
Dynamic Bus Architecture 46
Spot Powering/Other 50
Applications by Power Architecture Forecasts 50
Input Voltage Forecasts 56
Output Voltage Forecasts 60
Product Type Forecasts 65
Isolated DC-DC Converter Module Forecasts 70
Wattage Forecasts 70
Output Voltage Forecasts 75
Non-Isolated DC-DC Converter Module Forecasts 79
Amperage Forecasts 79
Output Voltage Forecasts 83
DC-DC Converter Module Application Forecasts 87
Overview 87
Communications 97
Computers 105
Industrial 113
Medical 119
Military/Aerospace 125

DC-DC Converter Module Application Digital Forecasts 132
Overview 132
Communications 133
Computers 134
Industrial 135
Medical 138
Military/Aerospace 138

Competitive Environment 140
Cui Inc. 140
Delta Electronics 140
Emerson Network Power 141
Ericsson Power Modules 142
General Electric Energy 143
Murata Power Solutions 143
NetPower Technologies 145
Power One 145
Power Box 146
Powervation Ltd. 147
TDK-Lambda 147
Vicor Power 148

TABLES

Table 1 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market by Power Architectures (millions of units) 35
Table 2 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Power Architectures by Application (millions of units) 39
Table 3 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Applications by Power Architecture (millions of units) 52
Table 4 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Input Voltage (millions of units) 56
Table 5 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Input Voltage (millions of dollars) 57
Table 6 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Input Voltage ($/unit) 60
Table 7 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of units) 61
Table 8 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of dollars) 62
Table 9 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage ($/unit) 62
Table 10 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Product Type (millions of units) 65
Table 11 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Product Type (millions of dollars) 65
Table 12 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Product Type ($/unit) 70
Table 13 - Worldwide Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Wattage (millions of units) 71
Table 14 - Worldwide Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Wattage (millions of dollars) 71
Table 15 - Worldwide Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Wattage ($/unit) 74
Table 16 - Worldwide Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of units) 75
Table 17 - Worldwide Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of dollars) 78
Table 18 - Worldwide Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage ($/unit) 79
Table 19 - Worldwide Non-Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Current (millions of units) 79
Table 20 - Worldwide Non-Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Current (millions of dollars) 82
Table 21 - Worldwide Non-Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Current ($/unit) 83
Table 22 - Worldwide Non-Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of units) 83
Table 23 - Worldwide Non-Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of dollars) 86
Table 24 - Worldwide Non-Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage ($/unit) 87
Table 25 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Application Category (millions of units) 87
Table 26 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Application Category (millions of dollars) 89
Table 27- Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Application (millions of units) 92
Table 28 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Application (millions of dollars) 94
Table 29- Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Application ($/unit) 96
Table 30 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Communications Sub-Segment (millions of units) 98
Table 31 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Communications Sub-Segment (millions of dollars) 99
Table 32 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Communications by Input Voltage (millions of units) 102
Table 33 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Computer Sub-Segment (millions of units) 106
Table 34 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Computer Sub-Segment (millions of dollars) 107
Table 35 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Computers by Input Voltage (millions of units) 111
Table 36 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Industrial Sub-Segment (millions of units) 114
Table 37 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Industrial Sub-Segment (millions of dollars) 116
Table 38 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Industrial by Input Voltage (millions of units) 119
Table 39 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Medical Sub-Segment (millions of units) 120
Table 40 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Medical Sub-Segment (millions of dollars) 122
Table 41 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Medical by Input Voltage (millions of units) 125
Table 42 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Mil/Aero Sub-Segment (millions of units) 128
Table 43 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Mil-Aero Sub-Segment (millions of dollars) 130
Table 44 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Mil/Aero by Input Voltage (millions of units) 130
Table 45 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Digital Forecast by Application (millions of units) 136
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FIGURES

Figure 1 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Power Architecture (unit market share) 36
Figure 2 - Classic Distributed Power Architecture 38
Figure 3 - Intermediate Bus Architecture 38
Figure 4 - Centralized Control Architecture 46
Figure 5 - Dynamic Bus Architecture 48
Figure 6A - Worldwide DC-DC Converter Module Market, Applications by Power Architecture (2019 unit market share) 53
Figure 6B- Worldwide DC-DC Converter Module Market, Applications by Power Architecture (2019 unit market share) 54
Figure 6C - Worldwide DC-DC Converter Module Market, Applications by Power Architecture (2019 unit market share) 55
Figure 7 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Input Voltage (millions of dollars) 58
Figure 8 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Input Voltage (millions of units) 59
Figure 9 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of dollars) 63
Figure 10 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of units) 64
Figure 11- Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Isolated vs Non-Isolated (millions of dollars) 66
Figure 12 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Isolated vs Non-Isolated (millions of units) 67
Figure 13 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Isolated by Application Segment (millions of units) 68
Figure 14 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Non-Isolated by Application Segment (millions of units) 69
Figure 15- Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Wattage (millions of dollars) 72
Figure 16 - Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Wattage (millions of units) 73
Figure 17 - Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of units) 76
Figure 18 - Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of dollars) 77
Figure 19 - Non-Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Current (millions of units) 80
Figure 20 -Non-Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Current (millions of dollars) 81
Figure 21 - Non-Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of dollars) 84
Figure 22 - Non-Isolated DC-DC Module Market, by Output Voltage (millions of units) 85
Figure 23- Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Dollar Market Share by Application (2014 vs 2019) 90
Figure 24 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Unit Market Share by Application (2014 vs 2019) 91
Figure 25 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Application (millions of units) 93
Figure 26 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Application (millions of dollars) 95
Figure 27 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Communications Sub-Segment (millions of dollars) 100
Figure 28 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Communications Sub-Segment (millions of units) 101
Figure 29 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Communications by Input Voltage (millions of units) 103
Figure 30 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Computer Sub-Segment (millions of units) 108
Figure 31 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Computer Sub-Segment (millions of dollars) 109
Figure 32 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Computers by Input Voltage (millions of units) 112
Figure 33 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Industrial Sub-Segment (millions of dollars) 115
Figure 34 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Industrial Sub-Segment (millions of units) 117
Figure 35 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Industrial by Input Voltage (millions of units) 118
Figure 36 -Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Medical Sub-Segment (millions of dollars) 121
Figure 37 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Medical Sub-Segment (millions of units) 123
Figure 38 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Medical by Input Voltage (millions of units) 124
Figure 39 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Military/Aerospace Sub-Segment (millions of dollars) 126
Figure 40 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, by Military/Aerospace Sub-Segment (millions of units) 127
Figure 41 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market, Military/Aerospace by Input Voltage (millions of units) 129
Figure 42 - Worldwide DC-DC Module Market vs Overall DC-DC Module market (millions of units) 133
Figure 43 - Worldwide Digital DC-DC Module Market Unit Market Share by Application (2014 vs. 2019) 137

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