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GaN Power Electronics will top one billion dollar in revenue in a couple of years thanks to a cross-fertilization with the LED industry ,
announces Yole Dveloppement Power GaN 2012 edition, a report from Yole Dveloppement
Lyon, France March 7, 2012 Yole Dveloppement announces its report Power GaN 2012
edition. In this report, Yole Dveloppement provides a complete analysis of the GaN device and
substrate industry in the power electronics field market forecasts, company involvements, etc.
Slow ramp-up but huge expectations.
The GaN power device industry has probably generated less than $2.5M revenues in 2011, as only 2
companies (IRF & EPC Corp.) are selling products on the open market. However, the overall GaN
activity has seen extra revenues as R&D contracts, qualification tests and sampling for qualified
customers was extremely buoyant.
At very short term, IRF and EPC will likely remain the two main vendors of GaN power devices on the
open market in early 2012. This market is likely to stay below $10M for devices, with the rest being
made through R&D sales.
2013 should signal the transition from qualification to production ramp-up for several new entrants.
The device market could reach the $50M threshold. In 2014, most of these new entrants will ramp-
up their capacity, and by 2015 the availability and adoption of qualified 600V+ GaN devices should
see the market grow very quickly, and open doors to non-consumer applications. In 2015, 12-15
players will share the consumption of more than 100,000 x 6 (equiv.) epiwafers.
Beyond that, if GaN is qualified in the EV/HEV sector, GaN device business could top the billion dollar
line and the GaN-on-Si substrate market could exceed $300M revenues by 2019, explains Dr Philippe
Roussel, Business Unit Manager, Power Electronics at Yole Dveloppement. However, it is still
unclear how car makers will choose between SiC, GaN or the current Silicon technology.
At the substrate end, R&D activities are still quite fragmented between several options involving
GaN-on-Sapphire, GaN-on-SiC, GaN-on-GaN, GaN-on-AlN and GaN-on-Silicon. Nevertheless, GaN-on-
Si is likely to take a dominant position as 6 is now available with more than 7m thick GaN epi and
8 is under qualification. 8 diameter availability is probably the parameter that will make this
technology choice obvious.
It is now obvious that the GaN power world attracts numerous newcomers. Yole Dveloppements
team has screened 5 companies positioned on the epiwafer business side and more than 6 GaN
device pure-players, aside to another 15 Si-based power firms developing GaN technology.
GaN power electronics cross-fertilizes with LED industry
A new trend is LED players now starting looking at this new business opportunity and wondering how
to put in place a strategy of diversification to convert their existing extra LED capacity into power.
That represents an epsilon today, but Yole Dveloppement assumes it may create some
disturbances in the natural and organic expected growth
GaN power electronics past, present and future business is inseparable to the LED industry. Both are
linked in technology and market dynamics:
In the past, the premises of GaN epi technology came from the LED industry that has brought
this technology from the labs to mass production.
Today, the extensive developments of GaN-on-Si epiwafers fertilized both the LED and the
Power industry. Most of the epiwafer vendors are targeting these 2 segments with dedicated
products and offers.
Tomorrow, it is likely some incumbent LED pure-players will enter in the Power industry
world, using their extra-capacity and existing tool-sets to make, at least epiwafers, or even
Thus, at the end of the day, Yole Dveloppement will not talk about LED or Power sectors anymore,
but rather about GaN device industry as main players could be the same.
A question of business model
Power device makers usually buy polished Silicon wafers, conduct the epi (or buy Si epi-wafers) if
needed (FZ thin wafer doesnt require epitaxy) then process the devices. This model is roughly the
same for SiC technology.
For those who plan to enter in the GaN field, 2 scenarios could occur:
Some may not integrate MOCVD GaN epitaxy. They will buy GaN epiwafers and process it in
the existing CMOS Front-End lines, as they use to do with Silicon substrates (or SiC)
Some will try to fully integrate the GaN process, from the bare silicon, the GaN epi and the
Yole Dveloppements report provides a complete analysis of the GaN device and substrate industry
in the power electronics field along with key market metrics. It provides company involvement as
well as technology state-of-the-art. In addition, an extensive review of the possible substrates for
GaN is provided, offering the most complete view of the Power GaN industry available to date.
About Power GaN report, 2012 edition:
Philippe ROUSSEL, Ph.D holds a Ph-D in Integrated Electronics Systems from the National Institute of Applied
Sciences (INSA) in LYON. He joined Yole Dveloppement in 1998 and is leading the Compound Semiconductors,
LED,Power Electronics and Photovoltaic department.
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Companies cited in the report:
Aixtron, AZZURRO, BeMiTec, Bridgelux, CamGaN Ltd, Diotec, Dow Corning, Dowa Electronics Materials,
Enphase , EPC Corp., EpiGaN, Episil, Fairchild, FBH, Freescale, Fuji Electric, Furukawa, GaN Systems, GLO AB,
Global foundries, HelioDEL, Hitachi, III-V Lab, IMEC, Infineon, International Rectifier, Intersil, IQE, Kyma, Lattice
Semiconductor, LG Electronics, LG Siltron, Lumileds, MicroGaN, Microsemi, Mitsubishi Electric, Nitek Inc.,
Nitronex, NTT, NXP, OnSemi, Osram, Oxford Instruments, Panasonic, Plessey Semiconductors, Powdec, Power
Integrations, Renesas, Rose Street Lab, Samsung, Sanken Electric, Shimei Semiconductor, Shindengen, Siltronic,
Soitec, STMicro, Sumitomo SEI, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Transluscent, Transphorm, TSMC, Tyndall National
Institute, Veeco, Velox, Vishay
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