Significant changes are occurring in the dc-dc converter module and IC markets that will produce unprecedented opportunities in the coming year. Although driven primarily by applications, other trends are expected to have a profound impact on sales of dc-dc converter modules. These will lead to a total worldwide revenue market for dc-dc converter modules of approximately $4.3 billion by 2016. The worldwide dc-dc converter IC market is projected to grow from nearly 20 billion units in 2011 to just under 32 billion units in 2016, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.7%. Trends affecting the dc-dc converter IC market are evaluated in the report, Worldwide DC-DC Converter IC Forecasts: Applications, Amperages and Emerging Designs.
Dc-dc converter modules have become increasingly efficient and cost-effective, with designs that are able to meet very specific system requirements. As a result, most of the problems posed by these "internal" challenges have been addressed through increased package integration and digital control. The focus has now shifted to more "external" factors that are driving the market, such as new power architectures and new materials. These factors are discussed in detail in the report, DC-DC Converter Modules and ICs: Market Forces, Power Architectures, and Technology Developments.