Global RF Power Amplifier Market to Grow at 14% up to 2020

In a new market research analysis, Technavio have predicted that the global power amplifier market will grow steadily over the next four years and will post an impressive CAGR of almost 14% thru 2020. This analysis identifies the emergence of next generation wireless networks as one of the primary growth factors for this market. The growing popularity of mobile communication devices and next-generation wireless networks such as 3G, 4G, and 5G has resulted in an increase in network traffic. These technologies offer wireless connection similar to home broadband connections, in turn, increasing the number of users accessing the internet. The long-term evolution (LTE) standard covers a wide range of frequency bands that enable the transmission and reception of data at rapid speeds. The use of LTE wireless networks to access online content drains tablet batteries creating a demand for efficient RF power amplifiers that enhance the output power requirement of tablet computers.

This global market research predicts that in terms of geographical regions, APAC will be the major revenue contributor to the market throughout the next four years and also estimates the region to account for more than 51% of the total market shares by 2020. The increasing demand for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, Wi-Fi routers, and USB sticks among individual customers in the countries such as China, India, and Japan will bolster the market’s growth prospects in this region.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

Though the leading players such as Avago Technologies, RFMD, Skyworks, and TriQuint dominated the market by accounting for about 80% of the total market shares in 2015, the market witnessed intense competition since all vendors compete to gain a considerable share of the market. The market has high entry barriers which make it difficult for new players to enter the market. Moreover, technological advancements in the semiconductor industry are also expected to intensify the competition among vendors. To sustain the competition and establish their presence in the market, vendors have the need to distinguish their product and service offerings through a clear and unique value proposition.

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Segmentation by application and analysis of the power amplifier market:

  • Smartphones
  • Feature phones
  • Connected tablets

During 2015, the smartphones segment accounted for more than 46% of the total market shares and dominated this market. Power amplifiers such as RF power amplifiers are used in smartphones for internet connectivity. The rise in the adoption of smartphones and the emergence of cloud computing will propel the growth of the market segment. According to this market study, this segment will continue its dominance throughout the forecast period.

Segmentation by technology and analysis of the power amplifier market:

  • Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), Gallium Nitride (GaN), and Silicon Germanium (SiGe)
  • Complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS)

This market study estimates that the GaAs, GaN, and SiGe market segment will account for more than 55% of the total shares of the global power amplifier market by 2020 and will also dominate this market throughout the predicted period. GaAs wafers are used in smartphones for internet connectivity and are now being leveraged within new data-centric peripherals such as data cards for laptops and tablets as well as infotainment appliances. Whereas GaN is used in high-power applications such as high-voltage switching devices like RF power amplifiers, and since they can also operate at higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures, they are the most suitable components for future electronics as well.

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