Global Discrete Semiconductor Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Global Discrete Semiconductor Market is Segmented by Construction Type (MOSFET, IGBT), End-user Industry (Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Communication, Industrial), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Discrete Semiconductors Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 4.2 %

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Market Overview

The global discrete semiconductors market was valued at USD 24.22 billion in 2020, and it is expected to be worth USD 30.75 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 4.2% during the period of 2021-2026. Discrete semiconductor market is driven by the increasing need to manage power across electronics and miniaturization. The reduction in package size is inversely proportional to power dissipation. For instance, NXP semiconductors achieved a 55% reduction in packaging size for its transistors range by retaining the same power performance. Additionally, Diodes Incorporated launched 40V-rated DMTH4008LFDFWQ and 60V-rated DMTH6016LFDFWQ automotive-compliant MOSFETs packaged in DFN2020.

  • Moreover, characteristics, like safety, infotainment, navigation, and fuel efficiency in the automotive components, and security, automation, solid-state lighting, transportation, and energy management in industrial components, are expected to fuel the market studied.
  • For instance, Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) is an integral component in the EV power electronics system that is expected to witness significant demand due to increasing sales of EVs globally. As per the IEA report released in June 2020, sales of electric cars globally reached 2.1 million in 2019 and surpassed 2018 and boost the stock to 7.2 million electric cars. Electric cars accounted for 2.6% of global car sales and about 1% of global car stock in 2019 and registered a 40% year-on-year increase.
  • One of the significant trends in discrete semiconductors is efficient power management. New system architectures are improving the efficiency of AC-DC power adapters while simultaneously reducing the size and component count.
  • For instance, in December 2019, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation launched the “GT20N135SRA,” a 1350V discrete IGBT for use in voltage resonance circuits in tabletop IH cookers, IH rice cookers, microwave ovens, and other home appliances. The new IGBT suppresses the short circuit current that flows through the resonance capacitor when equipment is switched on. Its circuit current peak value is 129A, which is about a 31% reduction from the current product.
  • The COVID-19 outbreak has had an enormous impact on the global and national economy. Many end-user industries have been affected, including discrete semiconductors. A large part of the manufacturing of electronic components includes work on the factory floor, where people are in close contact as they collaborate to boost productivity.
  • The global supply chains disrupted as the virus spreads across the world as still there is uncertainty over quarantine durations. Many manufacturing factories were shut down across the world in order to contain the deadly virus. For instance, most of the manufacturing facilities of On Semiconductors were shut down due to government mandates in countries, like Malaysia, China, Malaysia, and the Philippines, which impacted its ability to supply products to its clients and created a gap in demand and supply.

Scope of the Report

Discrete Semiconductor is a single semiconductor device that performs a basic electronic function. IGBTs, MOSFETs, Thyristors, Diodes, Rectifiers among others are different types of Discrete semiconductors. A power discrete semiconductor, mostly IGBTs and MOSFETS, converts alternating current and is a common component of electronic and electrical appliances. The discrete semiconductor is majorly driven by power discretes, which are applied in various power supply units of a variety of electronic applications, from consumer electronics to electric charging stations are considered in the study.

Construction Type
Consumer Electronics
Computing and Storage
Network and Telecom
Other End Users
IGBT - Overview and Market Estimates
Energy (Production and Distribution)
Bipolar Transistor
Other Types (Junction Gate Field Effect Transistor (JFET), GaN HEMT, Triacs, Varactor Diodes, TVS Diodes, and Zener Diodes)
End-user Vertical
Consumer Electronics
Other End-user Verticals
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Taiwan)
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

Automotive Sector is Expected to have the Highest Growth

  • Automotive is one of the emerging sectors of the discrete semiconductors market and is estimated to have a significant share with an increase in the adoption of EVs and HEVs. The increased demand for discrete semiconductors can be attributed to innovations, like autonomous vehicle technology, regenerative braking, and inclusion of a variety of sensors (like LiDAR and cameras). Furthermore, government regulations for mandatory advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS) have aided the growth in this segment.
  • Electronic components in the automotive industry are critical for safety and are subjected to extreme voltages and environmental conditions. This has driven the manufacturers to develop a new line of discrete semiconductors for automotive applications.
  • STMicroelectronics company realized that this potential has been working with Tesla since 2018, and it signed an agreement with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance in 2019. The automakers are rushing to integrate STMicroelectronics advanced SiC technology. ST’s SiC semiconductors enable the device to be downsized in order of 70% and have lower cooling requirements.
  • EVs market is highly competitive and new manufacturers are pushing the envelope for innovation. For instance, Porsche equipped its Taycan with an 800 V system while many contemporary electric cars operate with 400 V batteries. This has led to traditional automotive component manufacturers to develop their discrete semiconductor line up for the automotive sector. Bosch was one such company to develop its SiC Mosfet, in November 2019. Furthermore, the company announced the expansion of its plant, to ramp up its production of discrete semiconductors.
Discrete Semiconductors Market Key Trends

Americas Holds Major Share

  • North America is one of the prominent markets, owing to the large automotive and other industries in the region that consumer discrete semiconductors. Vendors, such as On Semiconductor Corporation, Diodes Incorporated, and D3 Semiconductor LLC, among others, are headquartered in the region.
  • In August 2020, US-based Central Semiconductor Corp., a manufacturer of innovative discrete semiconductor solutions, introduced its new portfolio of Silicon Carbide (SIC) Schottky Rectifier die. Optimized for high-temperature applications, these devices are available in both 650V and 1200V, with a current range of 2A and 50A for 1,200V devices, and 4A to 30A for 650V devices.
  • The United States is a significant country for manufacturing, design, and research in the semiconductor industry. The region's prominence drives demand in exporting electronics equipment, and growing end-user industries that are major consumers of semiconductors such as consumer electronics, automotive industry, etc.
  • For instance, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a quarter of a million workers in the United States, and US semiconductor company sales totaled USD 193 billion in 2019. According to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics, in December 2019, semiconductor sales in the Americas amounted to USD 7.49 billion.
Discrete Semiconductors Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

The global discrete semiconductor market is highly fragmented with numerous semiconductor manufacturers providing the product. The companies are continuously investing in the product and technology in order to promote sustainable environment growth and prevent environmental hazards. The companies are also acquiring other companies who specifically deal with these products to boost the market share. Some of the recent developments in the market are:

  • October 2020 - ABB introduced vehicle-to-grid technology for bi-directional charging with brand-new 11 kW station. As part of a contract with France’s DREEV, a joint venture between Électricité de France (EDF) and Nuvve, which specializes in intelligent charging for EVs, ABB will supply its brand-new 11 kW bi-directional charging technology, specially designed for V2G.
  • July 2020 - ON Semiconductor announced the availability of Veridify’s Public Key security tools for the RSL10, the industry’s lowest power Flash-based Bluetooth Low Energy radio System on Chip (SoC). Veridify Security’s tools are available in a CMSIS-Pack, giving developers a familiar and fast implementation path to protect their RSL10 solutions with critical security features, including device-to-device authentication, data protection, and secure firmware updates.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions​ and Market Definition​

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

    5. 4.5 Market Drivers​

      1. 4.5.1 Rising Demand for High-energy and Power-efficient Devices in the Automotive and Electronics Segment

      2. 4.5.2 Demand for Green Energy Power Generation Drives

    6. 4.6 Market Restraint​

      1. 4.6.1 Rising Demand for Integrated Circuits


    1. 5.1 Construction Type

      1. 5.1.1 MOSFET


          1. Si MOSFET

          2. SiC MOSFET

        2. MOSFET – BY END USER

          1. Consumer Electronics

          2. Medical

          3. Automotive

          4. Computing and Storage

          5. Industrial

          6. Network and Telecom

          7. Other End Users

      2. 5.1.2 IGBT - Overview and Market Estimates

        1. Automotive

        2. Energy (Production and Distribution)

        3. Transportation

        4. Industrial

        5. Commercial

        6. Bipolar Transistor

        7. Thyristor

        8. Rectifier

        9. Other Types (Junction Gate Field Effect Transistor (JFET), GaN HEMT, Triacs, Varactor Diodes, TVS Diodes, and Zener Diodes)

    2. 5.2 End-user Vertical

      1. 5.2.1 Automotive

      2. 5.2.2 Consumer Electronics

      3. 5.2.3 Communication

      4. 5.2.4 Industrial

      5. 5.2.5 Other End-user Verticals

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Americas

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Taiwan)

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 ABB Ltd

      2. 6.1.2 On Semiconductor Corporation (Fairchild Semiconductor)

      3. 6.1.3 Infineon Technologies AG

      4. 6.1.4 STMicroelectronics NV

      5. 6.1.5 Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation

      6. 6.1.6 NXP Semiconductors NV (To be Acquired by Qualcomm)

      7. 6.1.7 Diodes Incorporated

      8. 6.1.8 Nexperia BV

      9. 6.1.9 D3 Semiconductor LLC

      10. 6.1.10 Eaton Corporation PLC

      11. 6.1.11 Hitachi Ltd

      12. 6.1.12 Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

      13. 6.1.13 Fuji Electric Corp.

      14. 6.1.14 Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd

      15. 6.1.15 Vishay Intertechnology Inc.

      16. 6.1.16 Renesas Electronics Corporation

      17. 6.1.17 ROHM Co. Ltd

      18. 6.1.18 Microsemi Corporation (Microchip Technology)

      19. 6.1.19 Qorvo Inc. 

      20. 6.1.20 Cree Inc.

      21. 6.1.21 General Electric Company

      22. 6.1.22 Littelfuse Inc

      23. 6.1.23 United Silicon Carbide Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Discrete Semiconductor Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Global Discrete Semiconductor Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.2% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

ABB Ltd, ON Semiconductor Corporation , Infineon Technologies AG , STMicroelectronics NV , Toshiba Corporation are the major companies operating in Global Discrete Semiconductor Market.

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