) has announced an advanced version of its superjunction power
Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistors (MOSFETs),
MDmesh II Plus™ Low gate charge (Qg) for consumer appliances,
computing and telecom systems, lighting controllers and solar
The new device, MDmesh II Plus™ Low Qg, features low gate
charge as well as low input, which helps in efficient switching
without power loss. The device helps to save energy in
resonant-type power supplies that are widely used in LCD TVs.
Additionally, the device is highly stable in environments with
significant voltage fluctuations, which saves transistors from
The superjunction MOSFETs have extremely fast switching
characteristics and, therefore, reduce switching losses. The
superjunction technology allows power transistors to combine
small size and high voltage capacity to improve energy efficiency
when turned on.
According to the Multimedia Research Group, the superjunction
MOSFET market is expected to grow at 10.3% per year to $1 billion
by 2018. Consumer remains the main application segment for
superjunction MOSFET and accounts for two third of its total
market. Currently, the superjunction MOSFET market stands at less
than $5 million.
The superjunction MOSFET market will continue to expand
steadily given increasing concerns about protecting the global
environment. In the IT sector, green IT has been attracting
attention as a way to achieve power savings. In order to reduce
power loss in IT equipment, it is necessary to make the power
converters used with IT equipment more efficient. Hence, there is
a strong demand for energy-efficient MOSFETs. STMicro is
therefore likely to be one of the beneficiaries of this
STMicroelectronics is one of the pioneers in the field of high
efficiency solutions with its superjunction power MOSFETs. The
companyprovides cutting-edge solutions to meet the growing demand
for high-performance devices with low voltage consumption in
today's wireless telecommunications and consumer electronics
In the recently concluded fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the
company's total revenue of $2.16 billion was down 1.3% from the
year-ago period. Net loss was 11 cents per share, wider than the
Zacks Consensus Estimate of 9 cents loss per share on lower
volumes and lower gross margins.
STMicroelectronics carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). However,
other semiconductor stocks that have been performing well and are
worth considering include
), all carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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