The global class D audio amplifier market is expected to reach $2,385.7 million by 2022, registering a CAGR of 13.8% during 2016–2022 (forecast period). This can be mainly ascribed to the growing demand for class D audio amplifiers for use in mobile phones.
Based on various application areas covered in the report, automotive audio systems are expected to generate the highest demand for these amplifiers during the forecast period. This can be mainly attributed to the rising demand for automotive audio systems in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, particularly in China, Japan, and India.
Class D audio amplifiers offer higher efficiency than their counterparts, thus supporting longer battery life in the devices they are used in. Moreover, class D amplifiers have also registered increased penetration in cap-free headphones of smartphones, as they provide superior sound quality with smaller board size.
In the last few years, limitations of these amplifiers, such as high electromagnetic interference (EMI) and signal distortion, have hindered their adoption in mobile phones to some extent, further affecting the growth of the class D audio amplifier market. However, technological advancements facilitating EMI reduction and increasing use of supercapacitors for power efficiency are the factors offering ample opportunities for the deployment of these amplifiers in mobile phones, further supporting the growth of the class D audio amplifier industry.
Owing to the presence of numerous players, the class D audio amplifier market is highly competitive in nature. Among all players, Texas Instruments Inc. accounted for the largest share in the market in 2015. The high market penetration of the company’s class D amplifiers in smartphones and flat-panel TVs has helped the company cater to a large number of customers across the globe.
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Some of the key players operating in the global class D audio amplifier market are STMicroelectronics N.V., Texas Instruments Inc., Analog Devices Inc., ON Semiconductor Corporation, Infineon Technologies AG, Cirrus Logic Inc., ROHM Co. Ltd. (ROHM Semiconductor), NXP Semiconductors N.V., Monolithic Power Systems Inc., and Intersil Corporation.
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