Integrated Passive Devices: a growing market pushed by 5G and 3D integration

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“Despite offering unique features, thin-film IPD technology shows limited market penetration in the world of passives” asserts Antoine Bonnabel, Technology & Market Analyst for the Power & Wireless team of Yole Développement (Yole). “However, even a low share in this enormous industry can represent significant results. Over time, thin-film IPD have managed to penetrate a few applications and find growth relays”.

The main market today, and one that shows strong growth, is the custom RF IPD featured in RF modules, especially for future 5G applications. These are filters for large-frequency bands and lumped-element circuits for impedance matching, for example. This market is expected to see an 8.2% CAGR between 2019 and 2025, surpassing US$360 million in 2025.

The other large-value market is off-the-shelf IPD used for EMI shielding in stringent applications or for basic RF operations like baluns or filtering. This market will represent US$195 million in 2025, with a 3.15% CAGR during the 2019 – 2025 period.

After custom RF IPD, today’s most active market is embedded decoupling capacitance in application processors, implemented thanks to advanced 3D integration. This is a prospective high indirect-value market. IPD themselves will not represent a huge part of the cost, but their implementation matters in the choice of the foundry service provider, thus becoming a strategic technology for component manufacturers. This market should grow to US$21.7 million in 2025, with a 15.2% CAGR between 2019 and 2025.

The last market of interest is decoupling capacitance for all other purposes including medical, industrial, aeronautics, etc., which should reach US$30 million in 2025 with a 6.9% CAGR during the same period.

For over two decades IPD has been a technology with considerable promise, just waiting for mass implementation. Yole has scrutinized this technology over the past eight years to assess its penetration and potential evolution.

In this context, Yole releases today, the Thin-Film Integrated Passive Devices 2020 report.

They explore the different addressed markets and accessible markets, as well as IPD’s positioning as a promising technology still awaiting mass adoption. Including COVID-19’s impact on general market forecasts, market trends, IPD growth relays, and market potential, this study points out technology trends and main manufacturing techniques.

“In this 2020 edition, we wanted to more thoroughly assess the market’s potential and the status of IPD technologies,” explains Antoine Bonnabel from Yole.

What are the economic and technological challenges of the Thin-Film IPD industry? What are the key drivers? Who are the suppliers to watch, and what innovative technologies are they working on?

Yole presents today its vision of the Thin-Film IPD industry… More info.

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