The Integrated Passive Devices market to grow from USD 1,011 million in 2018 to USD 1,544 million by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.8% during the forecast period. The growth of the integrated passive devices market is driven by factors such as increasing adoption of IPD in consumer durables, integration of IPDs into RF applications, and increasing demand for miniaturized & high-performance electronic devices. In addition, increasing incorporation of infotainment and navigation features, such as global positioning system (GPS), in automobiles is supporting the market growth.
Driver: Increasing adoption of IPD in consumer durables
White goods are among the biggest applications of the IPD technology. It has been observed that integrated passive devices have a strong penetration in the consumer electronics sector, which consists of smartphones, tablets, portable media players, set-top boxes & digital TVs, and others. Smartphones in recent years have witnessed a strong demand; and the need for numerous features packed in a small form factor has given rise to integrated passive devices.
A smartphone has many features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, global positioning system, near-field communication, and others. For the next-generation communication technology, namely 4G LTE (long term evolution), smartphones need to support higher frequency bands to drive the need for additional miniaturized components. This would increase the adoption of IPDs in consumer electronics as they offer cost-effective solutions for miniaturization.
Restraint: Higher cost of IPDs compared with discrete components
High price of IPDs compared to discrete components is restraining the growth of the integrated passive device market. The impact is expected to be low in the long term as key players operating in this market are putting their efforts to reduce the cost of IPDs.
Furthermore, low-cost fabrication is essential to maximize profits. However, traditional printed circuit boards are standardized for individual discrete components and not for IPDs. Traditional PCBs incur extra cost when used with IPDs. The cost ratio of single discrete component to IPD (1.5 X 1.5) is 1:31. This is mainly due to the commoditization of discrete components and their mass usage.
Opportunity: Inception of 5G
5G is expected to be commercialized by the end of 2018. To develop products such as baluns, filters, and diplexers compatible with 5G, it would be essential to integrate IPDs in these products. The integration of IPDs would help in reducing the size and power consumption of telecom infrastructure products, which would boost the IPD market in the coming years, especially in the telecom industry. The 5G market is expected to have 89 million subscriptions by 2022, which would provide an opportunity for the IPD market to grow. 3D Glass Solutions has developed high-efficiency 5G IPD RF filters.
Furthermore, by 2021, the US, Japan, South Korea, UK, Germany, and China are expected to deploy the 5G technology, which would further contribute to the growth of the integrated passive devices market in the coming years.
Challenge: RF tuning of IPD demands longer product design cycle
Manufacturers require a long product design cycle for RF tuning of IPDs; this acts as a major restraining factor for the IPD market. Tuning of discrete components is much easier. In IPD, it is difficult to replace them or change them during the RF tuning which resulting in increasing the product design cycle. Therefore, the integration of IPD improves the design cycle of the final product, which hinders the growth of the IPD market.
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