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Si IGBT is leading the power electronic industry



  • Market forecasts:
    • The global power electronics market accounts for US$17.5 billion in 2019, with a 4.3% CAGR from 2019-2025.
    • The IGBT modules represented US$3.7 billion in 2019.
    • The increase demand of power IGBT modules is driven by EV/HEV. Yole announces an expected growth of 18% from 2019 to 2025.
  • Technology trends:
    • The IGBT module market is boosted by growth in EVs/HEVs and industrial motors.
  • Supply chain:
    • Si IGBT players offer different approaches for device design…
    • Leading power electronics companies are big companies with revenues in the billion-dollar range.
    • Chinese companies such as BYD and CRRC are amongst the leading power electronics players worldwide.
    • In 2019, Infineon led the IGBT power module market with a 28% market share. Infineon remains one of the biggest players in China.


“Silicon devices such as IGBTs are benefiting from mature infrastructure and processes. New device generations are coming to the market. In addition to performance improvements, Si IGBT costs will further be reduced thanks to a 12-inch Si wafer transition that will make the competition with WBG materials even tougher.” asserts Amine Allouche, Technology & Cost Analyst at System Plus Consulting.

According to System Plus Consulting’s partner, Yole Développement (Yole), in its Status of the Power Electronics Industry 2020 report, Si devices represent the majority of the power electronics devices market. Looking back in 2019, the whole power semiconductor device market segment was worth US$17.5 billion, with a CAGR for 2019-2025 of 4.3%. IGBT modules, which represented US$3.7 billion in 2019, are traditionally used in applications such as industrial or renewable energy converters. These applications are today driven by efficiency regulations or increasing clean energy goals, and they account for 46% of the total IGBT module market. Nevertheless, the key application for power IGBT modules is undoubtedly EV/HEV, with an expected growth of 18% from 2019 to 2025.


In this dynamic context, Yole and System Plus Consulting, both part of Yole Group of Companies, investigate disruptive power electronics technologies and related markets in depth. Both companies point out the latest innovations and underline the business opportunities.

What is the status of the IGBT technologies and their applications? What are the main market segments? What are the technological choices made by the industry leaders? System Plus Consulting presents today its latest reverse costing and engineering analyses of the IGBT technologies.

As analyzed by System Plus Consulting’s team in the new  Silicon IGBT Comparison 2021 report, Si IGBT players offer different approaches for device design. Therefore, technical choices are clearly depending on the targeted electrical performance and applications. Most of them have adopted the FS trench structure, highlights System Plus Consulting in its Silicon IGBT Comparison 2021 report.

In this regard, Infineon Technologies introduced the new IGBT7 technology for its Easy housing platform in March 2019. Based on the new micro-pattern trench technology, the TRENCHSTOP™ IGBT7 chip has a new cell structure in contrast to the formerly used square trench cells in IGBT3 and IGBT4. This is the case for the full reverse costing study of the Infineon EasyPACK™ FS100R12W2T7, Véronique Le Troadec Senior Lab Analyst at System Plus Consulting explains: “This power module uses the newest IGBT and Diode technologies from Infineon: TRENCHSTOP™ IGBT7 and EC7 Diode. It drives a nominal current of 100A with a voltage rating of 1200V”.

All year long, Yole Group of Companies, including System Plus Consulting and Yole Développement publishes numerous power electronics & compound semiconductors reports and monitors. In addition, experts realize various key presentations and organize key conferences. More info

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Acronyms :

CAGR: Compound Annual Growth Rate
IGBT: Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor
EV/HEV: Electric Vehicles / Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Si: Silicon
WBG: Wide-Band Gap

FS: Field-Stop

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