According to the Strategy Analytics' Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) report, revenue from military radios will grow to nearly $9 billion in 2028. To support emerging requirements in defense communications networks, radios are incorporating more software-defined reconfigurability, along with increasing operating frequencies and bandwidths to accommodate a wider variety of waveforms and to provide more capacity.
The Global Military Radio Market and Technology Forecast: 2018 - 2028 report segments radio spending and shipments by region, mission, frequency, power, and semiconductor content. The report forecasts that land-based radios will account for more than two-thirds of all radio expenditures and GaN-based devices will capture market share to reach revenues exceeding $280 million in 2028.
Battlefield philosophies recognize the value of fast, robust information flow and the importance of networks. Radios form the linchpin for these networks and as network requirements evolve, radio performance is the enabler. Expanding software capabilities in radios means digital silicon will remain the largest semiconductor revenue opportunity, but more challenging RF performance requirements will result in very fast revenue growth for GaN-based devices.
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