An annual review of our quality tests
Recently, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported that the global semiconductor sales hit a new high of $573.5 billion in 2022. Despite a slowdown in the latter half of the year, the global semiconductor sales still increased by 3.2% YoY, compared to the $555.9 billion in 2021.
Despite short-term sales fluctuations, the long-term outlook for the semiconductor market remains positive, as chips are becoming more crucial in enhancing global intelligence and efficiency and boosting connectivity. This was emphasized by the CEO of SIA.
One illustration of the dynamics of the semiconductor market is the fact that we reached a new record in the number of components tested at White Horse Laboratories over the past year.
The following summary provides an overview of the electronic components we have tested, including their market demand, growth, and usage.
Types of Electronic Components Tested in 2022
Based on the data collected, the following are the most common types of electronic components tested at White Horse Labs in 2022:
- Mosfet – 23.7%
- MCU Microcontrollers – 10.9%
- Regulators – 10%
- FPGAs – 9.9%
It is worth noting that these are just a few of the more than ten categories of components inspected and the actual types of products tested are likely more diverse.
In comparison, in 2021, we mainly tested transceivers, MCUs, and MOSFETs, while MOSFETs accounted for only 10.8% of the top three components tested. However, the demand for MOSFET testing increased significantly over the course of the year, reflecting the growing demand for the product in the market.
Mosfet – The Growth of Its Market Demand
Mosfets are a type of metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor that amplifies electronic signals in electronic devices. In 2022, Mosfets accounted for 23.7% of the components tested at White Horse Laboratories, a significant increase from 10.8% in 2021. This growth can be attributed to the increasing demand for Mosfets in various industries, including motor control, rail transportation, wireless power supply, energy control, and smart grid.
MCU Microcontrollers – An Important Application in Consumer Electronics
MCU microcontrollers are central processing units (CPU) with reduced frequency and specifications, integrated with memory, timer, USB, A/D conversion, DMA, and other peripheral interfaces. Consumer electronics, computers and networks, automotive electronics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the most important application areas for MCUs. In 2022, MCUs accounted for 10.9% of the components tested at White Horse Laboratories.
FPGAs – A High-Programmable Flexibility Solution
FPGAs, or Field-Programmable Logic Gate Arrays, are semi-custom circuits with customizable functions. They are mainly used in the communications industry and are expected to be used more frequently in new fields such as artificial intelligence. In 2022, FPGAs accounted for 9.9% of the components tested at White Horse Laboratories.
Regulators – The Most Common Power Supply Solution for Automotive Applications
Regulators, also known as voltage regulator chips, regulate the voltage step-up and step-down. They are commonly used as a power supply solution for automotive applications and accounted for 10% of the components tested at White Horse Laboratories in 2022.
Manufacturers of Electronic Components Tested in 2022
Texas Instruments (TI) continues to dominate the industry as a global leader in various products such as digital signal processors, digital-to-analog converters, analog-to-digital converters, energy management, and analog integrated circuits. Based in Dallas, Texas, TI is a true powerhouse and has held its unassailable position for many years.
The company is renowned for its association with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Jack Kilby, one of the inventors of the integrated circuit, and TSMC founder Chang Chung-Soo, both of whom worked for Texas Instruments. In the previous year's chart, Texas Instruments maintained its leadership position, while ON Semiconductor rose to become the second-ranked device brand at White Horse Laboratories.
ON Semiconductor was originally the semiconductor division of Motorola and was listed independently in 1999, renamed to ON Semiconductor. In recent years, with the rapid growth in the new energy vehicle market, ON Semiconductor has been expanding its market share in related fields, including automotive MOSFET power semiconductors, IGBT modules, and other automotive systems, and CMOS image sensors.
The company recently announced its 4Q2022 and full-year results, reporting a 4Q revenue of US$2,103.6 million, an increase of 14% year-over-year. Despite a bearish outlook from other global semiconductor giants, ON Semiconductor is performing well and its share price recently hit a record high. The future remains uncertain for these semiconductor giants, and it will be interesting to see if a new brand emerges as a leader in the coming year.
In conclusion, the long-term outlook for the semiconductor market remains strong, as chips play an increasingly important role in increasing global intelligence and efficiency and enhancing connectivity.
White Horse Laboratories continues to grow and expand its services to meet the growing demand for testing and logistics, with new laboratories added in Cleveland, USA, and Singapore. The monthly quality report we issue to our customers and interested subscribers provides a comprehensive overview of the types and manufacturers of components tested at the laboratory, including market demand and growth trends.
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