The global voltage regulation IC market grew by 5 percent in 2007, to more than $7 billion, according to an analysis from IMS Research in Wellingborough, England.
The non-isolated regulation market weakened in 2007, following a period of prolonged high growth. However, the isolated market continued to perform well, due to demand for efficient controllers for AC-DC power supplies.
Despite the relatively low growth seen in the voltage regulation market last year, some pockets of high growth were apparent.
“It is clear that the voltage regulation market weakened in 2007, partly due to inventory correction; however, some applications, such as notebook PCs and high-end consumer equipment bucked this trend,” says research director Ash Sharma.
“Vendors are hoping for a much stronger 2008, but whilst the long-term drivers for power management remain favorable, short-term spending in the consumer and computing sectors looks uncertain due to the current economic climate,” Sharma adds.
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