DC-DC converters for satellites see continued growth

DC-DC converters for satellites see continued growth

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By Nick Flaherty

The DC-DC converters market for space is projected to grow from $213.2m in 2015 to $268.2m by 2020, a compund growth of 4.7%,  according to a new report by Research and Markets.

The increasing number of satellite constellations launched by different countries, particularly for pay TV, as well as the emergence of new power architecture and digital power management and control is all driving the growth. The space power industry is becoming highly dependent on the number of satellite launches, and number of space programs carried out by different space organizations. This has further resulted in driving the procurement of power efficient DC-DC converters for space.

The researchers use four key segments, namely, application, output power, output voltage and region. The application segment has been further categorized into remote sensing, surveillance, communication, navigation and scientific research. The output power segment includes <20w, 20-40W, 40-100W and >100W, output voltage (3.3 VDC, 5 VDC, 12 VDC, 15 VDC and others but the market is dominated by the <20w power segment, mainly from the low output power requirement (as low as 10W) in most of the analog and digital equipment used in a spacecraft.

North America is the most dominant region in the DC-DC converters market for space, as of 2015, followed by Europe. This market in Asia-Pacific is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Factors driving the growth of this market include exponential growth in the use of paid TV channels in this region, thereby increasing the demand for effective and technologically-advanced satellite launch with power efficient devices. On the other hand, recent changes in the U.S. export administration regulations in the space industry will boost the DC-DC converters market for spaces internationally, which will positively impact the overall demand of DC-DC converters for space in this region.

Factors such as export restrictions for the US manufacturers and technical issues with commercially available converters are restraining the growth of this market.
Infineon Technologies in Germany stands out as a key supplier against US vendors such as Crane Aerospace and Electronics, Microsemi, Vicor, Synqor and Modular Devices. New product development is the major growth strategy adopted by players to strengthen their positions and enhance their product offerings.


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