The European discrete semiconductors market is evaluated at US$2,385.161 million for the year 2020, growing at a CAGR of 4.61%, reaching a market size of US$3,269.867 million by the year 2027.
A discrete semiconductor is a solitary semiconductor that performs a single electronic function. Discrete semiconductors include MOSFETs, thyristors, IGBTs, diodes, and rectifiers, among others. A power discrete semiconductor that converts alternating current, notably IGBTs and MOSFETS, is a common element of electric and electronic equipment. Power discrete is used in various power supply units for a variety of electronic applications, ranging from consumer electronics to electric charging stations, to drive discrete semiconductors.
Between 2020 - 2027, the growing requirement to control power across circuits and downsizing are driving the discrete semiconductor business. The European market is being driven by factors such as rising demand for energy-efficient devices; the growing dominance of wireless and portable electronic products; rapid growth in the automotive industry; increased development of Al-based semiconductors, and rising demand for metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETS) and insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTS), diodes, and thyristors in the electronics and automobile industries. Furthermore, there is a rapid increase in the application of IoT technology across all key industry verticals, which is a major driver for market growth. For instance, the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) revealed in March 2022 that European semiconductor sales in January 2022 totaled US$ 4.443 billion, up 28.7% from the same month the previous year. This represents a 3.4 percent increase over the previous month's total of US $4.299 billion, making Europe the only region to grow month over month in January. Growing demand in most product categories aided the European market's steady rise in January over December, with discrete (+5.9%), sensors (+4.6%), and analogue devices (+4.3%) performing particularly well. In January, the European memory market rose at a healthy pace (+4.6%).
However, the continuously rising prices are expected to stifle market expansion. It's because the leading manufacturers are having trouble obtaining the materials they need. Furthermore, tariff interruptions are disrupting component export and import, ultimately affecting the production cost of discrete devices. As a result, the market is focusing more on integrated circuits, which is slowing the market's growth. The market potential is also predicted to be hampered by the design complexity of IGBTS.
The transistor category, based on type, is in the best place to dominate the market in terms of CAGR. The increased use of bipolar transistors, IGBTSs, and MOSFETS in automotive, consumer electronics, and other industries is to blame. Because of their greater switching frequency, IGBTS are commonly used in high-voltage applications. As a result, the market is growing at a rapid pace. Furthermore, diodes have the biggest discrete semiconductor market share because of their high reverse resistance capabilities, which prevent electrons from flowing in reverse-biased mode across electronic circuits.
According to the industry vertical, the consumer electronics industry is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast year. Because games, wearables, and other devices, as well as portable electronics and smart home products, are in high demand across the globe. Due to increased demand for discrete semiconductors for regenerative braking and autonomous vehicle technology, the automotive market is expected to have the second-highest growth. Electronic components are critical for automobile security and must be able to withstand high voltages and extreme temperatures.
Europe is expected to grow significantly, owing to the well-positioned automotive and electronics industries. Companies engage in innovative technologies to meet the growing need for advanced discrete devices in the region as a result of rising disposable income, which will drive demand for discrete semiconductors even higher during the projection period. Furthermore, Germany is the European semiconductor industry's vital core, ranking among the world's top semiconductor production centers. Across the whole value chain, the country has an unrivaled density of world-leading device makers and suppliers for materials, components, and equipment. Germany intends to spend up to EUR 50 billion to maintain its position as a key semiconductor manufacturing hub, which will further bolster the market growth.
The COVID-19 pandemic hurt the European economy and technological industry. The supply chain was disrupted as multiple industrial sites around the world shut down. However, increased acceptance of working from home boosted communication, consumer electronics, and other applications around the world, resulting in moderate market growth over the projection period. Furthermore, the active participation of governments and industry in the recovery of losses is expected to stimulate the economy.
STMicroelectronics, a leading semiconductor company with customers across the spectrum of electronic applications, announced the December 2021 release of its third generation of STPOWER silicon-carbide (SiC) MOSFETs1, furthering the state-of-the-art power devices for powertrains, electric vehicles, and other applications where energy efficiency, power density, and reliability are critical target criteria. Nexperia, a leading provider of critical semiconductors, unveiled the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of automotive-qualified discrete in space-saving, thermally efficient, AOI-compatible DFN packages in June 2020. Switching, Zener, Schottky, protection diodes, bipolar junction transistors (BJTs), N- and P-channel MOSFETs, resistor-equipped transistors, and LED drivers are among the devices accessible under the AEC-Q101 standard.
In September 2020, Infineon Technologies AG released TRENCHSTOP IGBT7 technology, which is ideal for industrial motor drives, power factor correction, photovoltaic, and uninterruptible power supply applications.
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