Friday, February 10, 2012

Report on SiC market

DUBLIN, IRELAND: Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "SiC Market 2010-2020: Technology, Applications, Industry & Market Report - 10 Year Market Projection" report to its offering.

SiC device makers now offer the two most expected devices in the power electronics industry: the diode and the transistor. 2011 is the year of the first SiC MOSFET introduction with simultaneous offers from Rohm and CREE.

These devices are used in real systems (air conditioners, motor drives, PV inverters) and significant effort is being directed toward the packaging side to capture all the added-value of the SiC (High T, high frequency.)

Thus, the open SiC device market has exceeded $50M in 2010 (excluding defense-related and R&D contracts) with an unexpectedly high penetration in the PV inverter segment where SiC Schottky diodes are now implemented in numerous systems, taking about 15 percent of the SiC device sales. PFC systems are still the top SiC device sales.

The pending question remains the same: will SiC be implemented in EV/HEV and when? Here several scenarios may be envisioned. In our optimistic scenario, the automotive-related business will start by 2014 with a fast ramp-up and will capture more than 65 percent of the SiC device business in 2020. On the other hand, in our pessimistic scenario SiC could be skipped by auto makers who may prefer GaN or incumbent Silicon technology.

The investment level in the SiC industry has never been so huge: Over $100M has been invested in M&A, R&D programs, private and public funding over 2010 and early 2011.

Very recently the SiC industry has also started to consolidate through M&A, large investments or license agreements. Over the last 18 months, the most significant were:

Rohm - SiCrystal: acquisition.
Power Integration - SemiSouth: large investment.
Fairchild - TranSiC: acquisition.
Cree - Nippon Steel Corp.: license agreement.
SKC - Crysband: acquisition.
Infineon - SiCed: 100 percent acquisition.

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