Base station RF power device market to double to $1 billion in 2015

Revenue from RF power amplifier devices will grow to
almost $1 billion in 2015, according to Strategy Analytics.

Mobile data consumption and next generation wireless
network deployment are fueling increases in the number of base station cells
and power amplifiers shipped each year.

MIMO, heterogeneous networks, smaller cells, active
antennas, higher-efficiency remote radio heads that support multiple air
interfaces and new RF power amplifier (PA) architectures will contribute to
rapid growth in the number of power amplifiers and RF power transistors
shipping per year.

Operators will deploy more than 9 million new base
station sectors in 2015, with more than 35,000 PAs shipping.

Developments, such as multi-air interface MCPAs with
higher instantaneous bandwidth, remote radio heads and smaller cells, are
changing the definition of the base station,” said Christopher Taylor, director
of the Strategy Analytics RF and Wireless Components Service.

These factors, as well as the evolution of radio access
network equipment to support increasing mobile data consumption, are driving
strong growth in RF power devices.

LDMOS will remain the dominant RF power amplifier
transistor technology, but we expect GaAs content to increase as operators
continue to implement new architectures and smaller cells. GaN use will also
increase, with higher frequencies and higher efficiency remote radio heads,”
said Eric Higham, director of the Strategy Analytics
GaAs and Compound Semiconductors Technologies Service.  

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