Global Audio Driver IC Market 2017-2021
About Audio Driver IC
An audio driver IC is an electronic component that strengthens low power or inaudible electronic audio signals to a level that is strong enough for powering loudspeakers or headphones. It is the final modulation stage of any typical audio signal before it is sent to loudspeakers and speaker enclosures. An audio driver IC is an electronic component that strengthens low-power or inaudible electronic audio signals to a level that is strong enough for powering loudspeakers or headphones. It is the final modulation stage of any typical audio signal before it is sent to loudspeakers and speaker enclosures. Audio ICs have wide applications in sectors the healthcare, industrial, automotive, telecommunication, and consumer electronics sectors. The audio ICs are of different type, including type A, B, AB, D, G, and H.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global audio driver IC market to grow at a CAGR of 16.57% during the period 2017-2021.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global audio driver IC market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of class D audio driver ICs.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Audio Driver IC Market 2017-2021
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global audio driver IC market: STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, and Infineon technologies.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: NXP Semiconductors, ON Semiconductor, ROHM Semiconductor, Cirrus Logic, Silicon Laboratories, Microsemi, Monolithic Power Systems, ICEpower, and Intersil.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One trend in market is miniaturization of heavy-output consumer electronic equipment. Consumer electronic devices such as laptops, speakers, active woofers, and home theater systems are always subjected to various developments and changes. In most of these devices, the sound input system is an important component. Technological advances have resulted in the need for complex and sophisticated input sound systems. The requirement of space and the pricing of components are important criteria for the purchase of consumer electronics. The requirement for space and the need for advanced sound-input systems have led to the development of class D audio amplifiers. The miniaturization of consumer electronic products such as subwoofers, active speakers, and external sound cases have led to their increased adoption. Class D drivers are used in these electronic devices. The integration of these drivers into electronic devices is easy because they are very small.”
According to the report, one driver in market is penetration of the telecommunication market. With smartphone and Bluetooth device markets growing significantly, manufacturers of mobile products such as smartphones, multimedia mobile handsets, and earphones are witnessing a demand for versatile, high-quality audio services, including high-output speakerphone options and simultaneous speakerphone/headphone operation. These features are necessary to deliver a wide range of music and entertainment-oriented services to customers. To achieve this, mobile multimedia devices require more traditional linear audio drivers. As the efficiency of class AB drivers is less compared with 20%-25% in mobile handsets, a small increase in output power comes at the cost of a significant increase in power consumption. Hence, mobile consumers must accept either a shorter battery life or a large and heavier battery, but certainly not both. Class D drivers offer the best solution to this challenge by achieving higher efficiencies compared with class AB or any other drivers.
Further, the report states that one challenge in market is procurement of customized raw materials. Procuring raw materials from suppliers is one of the major challenges for audio driver IC manufacturers. Components such as inductors and MOSFETs, which are used in making class D drivers, are specific and customized and are not easily accessible. Therefore, OEMs take time to accumulate these unique and specific components. This has led companies such as Infineon Technologies and Texas Instruments to manufacture specific and specialized components by themselves. For instance, MOSFETs such as IRF540N or IRFB41N15D are manufactured by Infineon Technologies, and T106-2 Toroid Iron Power Coated is produced by Texas Instruments. The equipment depends on specific components with variations in the voltage, pressure, and heat. Hence, it is difficult to procure these materials from external suppliers, especially in a limited amount of time.
STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, Infineon technologies, NXP Semiconductors, ON Semiconductor, ROHM Semiconductor, Cirrus Logic, Silicon Laboratories, Microsemi, Monolithic Power Systems, ICEpower, and Intersil.