MOSFET and IGBT Gate Driver Market size is witnessing a rapid growth in the coming years owing to technological advancements such as galvanized isolated gate drivers, higher voltage protection capabilities, and the wide product portfolio offered by manufacturers. MOSFET and IGBT are used to generate necessary current and voltage levels in on-board chargers, power supplies, and other devices for activating a power stage accurately and efficiently, creating a higher demand for these components. The power switches are largely used in power electronics applications. The optimum gate drive solution required for these switches prevents faults & shutdowns and offers short-circuit and over current protection. These components offer shoot-through protection, a phenomenon of the overflow of current that occurs when two devices such as transistors are fully on simultaneously.
The industrial applications contribute significantly to the MOSFET and IGBT gate driver market demand. The industrial motors drives are increasingly driven using an electronic control system for improvements in power efficiency and better control of speed & position. These applications need to have minimal conduction period losses and switching times to obtain required efficiency. These components can control the current flow for two or more motor coils, allowing the full control of motor direction and speed, propelling the growth of the MOSFET and IGBT gate driver market in industrial motor drives applications. The rapid growth of the power electronics industry is influencing the growth. The growing electricity consumption has resulted in a high demand for power electronics devices in power supply applications. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in the U.S., 4,178 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity were generated in 2018.
The growth in the electric vehicle industry and photovoltaic inverter applications in solar-powered devices are other factors adding to the growth of the MOSFET and IGBT gate driver market. The growing awareness about environmental pollution and the need for improving vehicle efficiency have resulted in a greater demand for hybrid & electric vehicles. The power electronics devices help in achieving energy efficiency and reduction in losses during conversion, improving overall vehicle performance. These components are used in multiple applications such as energy storage applications, high power chargers, and onboard charges used for electric vehicles. The countries such as Norway, France, and China are aggressively developing required infrastructure facilities for increasing electric vehicles in the country.
The isolated gate drivers are expected to contribute significantly as they enable faster switching and reliable control for MOSFET and IGBT configurations. An important benefit of isolated gate drivers is that they can overcome limitations of other high-voltage gate drivers by providing strong gate driver capability, as well as, electrical isolation required for the safety and robustness in system architectures. Analog devices, for instance, offer isolated gate driver with features such as a 50-year lifetime for 400 V RMS working voltage, the maximum propagation delay of 50 NS, and others. The galvanic isolated gate driver offers a wide output-side supply range, short circuit protection, DESAT protection, and other features creating higher adoption of these drivers in the MOSFET and IGBT gate driver market.
North America will have a higher growth potential for the MOSFET and IGBT gate driver market owing to the presence of a large semiconductor industry, particularly in the U.S. The country holds around 45 % share of the global semiconductor industry according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. Furthermore, the U.S. is managing programs such as Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) through Semiconductor Research Corporation, which supports university research for technological advancements in semiconductor technologies.
Asia Pacific is another rapidly growing region in the MOSFET and IGBT gate driver market owing to a huge industrial manufacturing sector and the consumer electronics industry. According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the region witnessed a 6.5 % growth in manufacturing in the fourth quarter of 2017. Furthermore, the growing economic developments have resulted in a high demand for consumer electronics devices including smartphones, laptops, and others to meet the requirements for wireless charging circuits and high currents. For instance, in 2017, the number of unique mobile subscribers in Asia Pacific was 2.7 billion according to the GSM Association. Moreover, countries such as Japan hold the presence of a large number of manufacturers including Renesas Electronics Corporation, ROHM Semiconductor, and others.
Texas Instruments, ON Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, Infineon Technologies, NXP Semiconductors, Microchip, Power Integrations Inc., Vishay Intertechnology, Broadcom, Semtech Corporation, Analog Devices, Toshiba, Renesas Electronics Corporation, Powerex, and ROHM Semiconductor are some of the key players in the MOSFET and IGBT gate driver market. The growing implementation across industrial and consumer electronics applications has created a high competition. The companies are more inclined toward strengthening their product portfolio. In March 2019, Texas Instruments introduced a new range of gate drivers having integrated sensing for SiC MOSFETs and IGBTs, protecting the high-voltage systems and an unparalleled level of monitoring. The new product developments are expected to influence the industry growth in more application areas such as smart homes, wireless technologies, and others.
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