Silicon Capacitors: Growing Penetration through Diverse Industries

The role of capacitors in modern electronics ranges from filtering out unwanted signals and delaying voltage fluctuations, to storing electric charges. The dielectric material used in capacitors is the workhorse upon which their specific application in an electronic circuit is decided. Silicon is gaining immense popularity as a capacitor dielectric material, owing to its high temperature stability and low failure rates, in various electronic devices.

High-density capacitors with silicon-based dielectrics, such as silicon nitride and silicon dioxide, are witnessing high demand across broad-ranging industrial applications, underlining the positive prospects of the silicon capacitors market.

In addition, a mounting number of end-use industries have identified their potential in the miniaturization of electronic devices, and this has opened up new avenues of growth for silicon capacitors in diverse applications. A new study published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) dives deep into the changing business strategies of the leading manufacturers and distributors in this market, to divulge winning imperatives for stakeholders and investors in the silicon capacitors landscape.

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Silicon Capacitors to Get their Second Wind from the Multi-layer Ceramic Capacitor Shortage

Silicon capacitors hitherto have witnessed strong competition from multi-layer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs), especially in high-frequency applications. A rise of nearly 8% was recorded in the global sales of silicon capacitors; sales increased from around 1.6 billion units in 2017 to over 1.7 billion units in 2018. However, end-use industries are in a dither with a worldwide shortage of MLCCs, as they are an essential component in most electronic devices.

The underlying causes of MLCC shortage include the cost-down pressure on the production of large case size components. Another factor that is exacerbating the shortage is the limited number of companies that manufacture MLCCs, and though they are expanding their production capacities, this will only provide near-term relief, and not suffice the needs of tomorrow. The gap between supply and demand for MLCCs will only widen in the coming years, and this will reflect in an unprecedented rise in their lead times and prices as time goes by.

Eventually, manufacturers are likely to focus their upcoming strategies on smaller case sizes to capitalize on the growth of high-reliability end-use industries such as healthcare and automotive. Not only manufacturers, end users will also shift to cheaper and thinner-layer alternatives of MLCCs, i.e. silicon capacitors. With the increasing possibility of silicon capacitors replacing MLCCs, their global sales are likely to increase by over 8.5% in 2019, surpassing a market valuation of US$ 1.6 billion.

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Immense Potential for Miniaturization Triggers Scope in Versatile Applications

As the electronics industry is converging with a broad range of other industrial verticals, such as automotive, healthcare, and telecommunication, the miniaturization trend is becoming ubiquitous. The growing penetration of miniaturized electronic devices is expected to create high demand for capacitors with thinner dielectric film than ever, which is likely to rapidly multiply the sales of silicon capacitors in the coming years.

The market for miniaturized electronic devices is growing by leaps and bounds, and this is generating tremendous sales potential for silicon capacitors in a wide range of end-use industries, especially in the telecommunication industry. Nearly 4 out of the 10 silicon capacitors sold across the world are used in telecommunication devices.

The demand for miniaturized, thin-film transmission lines with high RF (radio frequency) performance has reached new heights, and thereby, the telecommunication industry is expected to account for a significant revenue share of the silicon capacitors market in the coming years.

The miniaturization trend has also spread across the healthcare sector, and advanced medical technologies are being incorporated to make implantable devices even smaller. Recent trends in the medical implantable electronics landscape are creating new growth avenues for the manufacturers of medical-grade silicon capacitors in the healthcare sector.

In 2018, at least one out of the three silicon capacitors that entered the market was used in medical devices and other healthcare applications, and this trend is likely to grow stronger in the coming decade.

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Threat from Alternatives as Limitations on Maximum Capacitance and Charge Leakage Persist

With high insulation resistance and temperature stability, silicon capacitors are creating a new place in the modern electronics industry. However, low capacitance range and high charge leakage issues in silicon capacitors continue to create challenges for manufacturers to maintain the standard of quality. Despite the use of deep trenches, the problem of charge leakage persists in silicon capacitors, which is driving end users to look for more efficient dielectrics in capacitors.

While the need to work on the shortcomings of the existing fabrication and implementation procedures persists, end users are likely to explore alternative dielectrics for silicon in capacitors, which may impact market growth in the future.

Analysis on the Competitive Landscape of the Silicon Capacitors Market

In a moderately consolidated space as the silicon capacitors market, leading companies such as Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Limited account for nearly 60% revenue share. Market leaders are critically mapping their investment strategies in product innovation and production expansion.

For instance, after acquiring IPDiA – a leading manufacturer of 3-D silicon capacitors, Murata Manufacturing has been focusing on expanding its production capacity of ceramic capacitors to meet the overwhelming demand, especially in factory automation. In 2018, TSMC continued to invest in research & development (R&D), equaling its total R&D expenditures to around 8% of its revenue.

Meanwhile, other major competitors in the silicon capacitors landscape, including Vishay Intertechnology Inc. and MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc., hold nearly 25% share in this market. Manufacturers are focusing on introducing innovative features in silicon capacitors in order to establish a stronger position in mainstream markets such as automotive and telecommunication. For instance, in November 2018, Vishay Intertechnology announced the launch of its new series of high voltage ENYCAP™ electrical double-layer energy storage capacitors that can be used in harsh environments for power backup and energy storage applications.

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Analysts’ Viewpoint

Authors of the market study are of the opinion that, the silicon capacitors landscape is gaining positive momentum with a potential rise in demand due to the growing popularity of the miniaturization trend. The industry-wide prevalence of this trend is expected to create new opportunities for market players, and consequently, the silicon capacitors market is expected to grow nearly 2X between 2019 and 2027.

Leading manufacturers in the silicon capacitors landscape are currently focusing on meeting the growing need for ceramic capacitors, which may be replaced by silicon capacitors in the coming years. This will create room for innovation for competitors, and help them boost their sales of silicon capacitors in various end-use industries. Manufacturers are likely to continue concentrating their future strategies on foraying into harsh environment applications, on account of the high temperature stability, in order to gain a competitive edge in the silicon capacitors market.

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Silicon Capacitor: Definition/Overview

  • Silicon capacitors are passive devices that are used in specific applications related to medical, radio frequency, aerospace, circuit decoupling, automotive, and electrostatic discharge protection. These capacitors are used across a wide variety of products, ranging from smartphones to tablets and medical devices. The rising demand for different types of silicon capacitors in telecommunication, healthcare, and automotive industries is expected to drive the global silicon capacitors market during the forecast period.
  • Growth of the global silicon capacitors market is attributable to incessant efforts by manufacturers and suppliers to deliver inexpensive components. The telecommunication, healthcare, and military & defense industries are likely to greatly benefit from the use of silicon capacitors in the near future.
  • Moreover, the rising need for the miniaturization of electronic devices and growing requirement for high-power telecommunication devices are projected to propel the demand for silicon capacitors in the next few years.

Global Silicon Capacitors Market: Regional Overview

  • North America is expected to hold a substantial share of the global silicon capacitors market during the forecast period, due to the early adoption of silicon capacitors in the region. South America and MEA hold minor market shares each. However, these regions are projected to provide lucrative opportunities to the silicon capacitors market during the forecast period.
  • On the other hand, developing countries in Asia Pacific, which are undergoing modernization and adopting advanced telecommunication devices with new technology, are also witnessing an increase in the demand for silicon capacitors. This, in turn, is driving the global silicon capacitors market.

Global Silicon Capacitors Market: Trends

  • GaN semiconductor devices are widely being recognized by different industries as a green technology. In a specific range of applications, this technology is gaining popularity in game controllers, tablets, laptops, mobile phones, electric vehicles, and other commodity products. This, in turn, is expected to boost the global silicon capacitors market during the forecast period.
  • Moreover, increasing elderly population and growing demand for silicon device-based automotive equipment are the key factors expected to boost the global silicon capacitors market in the next few years.

Global Silicon Capacitors Market: Drivers, Opportunities, and Restraints

  • Silicon capacitors reduce the dimensions of electronic boards. Modern trends show that, aerospace and defense component manufacturers are showing inclination toward the miniaturization of components. This factor is expected to increase the adoption of silicon capacitors in the next few years. Growth of the aerospace & defense sector in emerging markets is likely to drive the silicon capacitors market in the next few years.
  • Rising attention toward high-energy and compact-size capacitors for use in implantable cardioverter defibrillator applications is the latest trend in the market. Thus, the increasing demand for silicon capacitors by major manufacturers of medical devices is projected to drive the market for silicon capacitors during the forecast period.
  • Moreover, key players are also developing energy-efficient and compact-sized silicon capacitor solutions that can be effectively used in consumer electronic devices, wherein, space is a primary constraint and efficient power utilization is pivotal. This can lead to the introduction of advanced silicon capacitor solutions in the market. This is expected to fuel the global silicon capacitors market during the forecast period.
  • On the flip side, complexity of the manufacturing process and the rising cost of raw materials are factors expected to hinder the global silicon capacitors market during the forecast period.

Global Silicon Capacitors Market: Key Segments

The global silicon capacitors market has been segmented based on structure, sales channel, end-use industry, and region.

  • Structure
    • In terms of structure, the global silicon capacitor market has been segregated into deep-trench capacitors, MNOS capacitors, and MIS capacitors.
    • The deep-trench capacitors segment was the dominant segment of the global silicon capacitor market in 2018.
    • Rising investments and growing use in DC-DC converter and RF-based GaN applications are key factors expected to drive the global silicon capacitors market during the forecast period.
  • Sales Channel
    • Based on sales channel, the global silicon capacitors market has been bifurcated into online and offline.
    • Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are preferring the offline sales channel. However, there exists an opportunity for retailers, both, online and offline, to address the needs of customers from different end-use industries. This factor is expected to boost the offline sales channel segment in the next few years.
  • End-use industry
    • In terms of end-user industry, the silicon capacitors market has been classified into automotive, telecommunication, healthcare, aerospace & defense, and others.
    • The telecommunication segment dominates the global silicon capacitors market, and is projected to continue its dominance throughout the forecast period.
    • The growing need for silicon-capacitor-based telecommunication equipment is adding to the potential consumer base for silicon capacitors. This factor is expected to drive the global silicon capacitors market during the forecast period.

Global Silicon Capacitors Market: Competition Dynamics

  • Attracted by the growth of the global silicon capacitors market and the underlying latent demand for silicon capacitors, several competitors operating in the global silicon capacitors market are expanding their businesses by means of new product development, strategic mergers and acquisitions, and partnerships.
  • In October 2016, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Acquired IPDiA, a leading player in the field of high-performance silicon capacitors. The move is expected to create opportunities for Murata to develop a new consumer base across different parts of the globe.

Some of the well-known players operating in the global silicon capacitors market are

  • Arrow Electronics, Inc.
  • Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
  • MACOM Technologies
  • Microsemi Corporation
  • Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company
  • Vishay
  • AVX Corporation.

Transparency Market Research (TMR) recently published a market study on the global market for silicon capacitors. The market study presents thorough information, and it elucidates how the silicon capacitors market is expected to expand during the forecast period of 2019-2027.

This market research report conducted by TMR offers insights about the various factors driving demand, with the help of a detailed analysis of the silicon capacitors market. An extensive analysis of the key industry drivers, market trends, challenges, and market structure is also included in the silicon capacitors market report.

Key indicators of silicon capacitors market growth, including supply chain analysis, Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR), Year-on-Year (Y-o-Y) growth, and value chain analysis are assessed in detail in the study, to help readers understand the growth prospects of the silicon capacitors market for the assessment period.

In this study, readers can find accurate and unique information on the salient growth prospects of the silicon capacitors market, to help companies to make value-based business decisions. TMR’s study on the silicon capacitors market also offers a comprehensive assessment of the popular business strategies adopted by leading stakeholders in the market, and sheds light on the imperatives for succeeding in the silicon capacitors market.

The information about the silicon capacitors market featured in the report is segmented into chapters, and the report follows a comprehensive structure. On analyzing industry-validated data, facts, and important information about the global expansion of the silicon capacitors market, comprehensive information about the growth prospects of the silicon capacitors market is delivered in a comprehensible format in the report.

Key Questions Answered in TMR’s Silicon Capacitors Market Report

  • What is the influence of the semiconductor industry on the silicon capacitors market?
  • How is world GDP (Gross Domestic Product) impacting the growth of the silicon capacitors market?
  • What are the risks of investing in emerging market for silicon capacitor?
  • What is the scope for growth for silicon capacitors market players in developed regions?
  • What are the low-hanging opportunities for stakeholders in the silicon capacitors market?
  • Why is demand for deep trench silicon capacitors increasing at a faster rate than MNOS and MIS silicon capacitors?

Research Methodology

A robust approach and unique research methodology is utilized by TMR to conduct the trend analysis for the silicon capacitors market, and reach conclusions about market size-related information. With the help of industry-validated data verified by several primary and secondary resources, analysts could come up with exclusive insights on how the silicon capacitors market will grow and expand through the course of the forecast period.

Primary resources contributing to the report are enterprise size expert inputs, discussion with key opinion leaders, response analysis, and data triangulation. The secondary resources that have contributed to the production of this report include various government websites, statistics, white papers, regulations, and research papers that highlight the sales potential for silicon capacitors. Secondary resources have been referred to by analysts to confirm the accuracy of the forecast on the future trends and opportunities in the silicon capacitors market.

Segmentation of the Silicon Capacitors Market

TMR’s study on the silicon capacitors market classifies information into four broader categories - structure, sales channel, end-use industry, and region. Market dynamics and changing trends associated with the aforementioned segments of the silicon capacitors market are featured in detail in this study.

The study provides complete information about the adoption silicon capacitors based on channels and systems across five geographical regions - North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South America. It also offers a detailed reasoning on the estimated revenue share of each segment in the global silicon capacitors market based on the aforementioned segments.

Structure

Deep Trench Capacitors

MNOS Capacitors

MIS Capacitors

Sales Channel

Online

Offline

End-use Industry

Automotive

Telecommunication

Healthcare

Aerospace & Defense

Others

Region

North America

Europe

Asia Pacific

Middle East & Africa

South America