A new forecast published today indicates that multi-mode, multi-band handsets and MIMO will drive staggering growth in the number of RF components shipped for mobile devices. By 2017, annual sales of 3 billion mobile devices will drive almost 20 billion different bands and operating modes.
ABI Research has determined that the cellular handset market shipped 353.5 million handsets in Q1 2012 which represents a -3.8% YoY and -16.5% sequential drop in shipments. The smartphone market delivered 142 million shipments in Q1 for a 38% YoY gain and a -8.1% sequential decline. Apple’s 35.1 million shipments were supported by APAC while Samsung’s 83.4 million displaced Nokia from the top position that it has held for over a decade.
Nujira Ltd. and TowerJazz, a global specialty foundry leader, announced that Nujira has selected TowerJazz as its foundry partner for its recently announced envelope tracking (ET) integrated circuit (IC) for mobile handsets.
"As the festive cheer of the holiday season dies away, the mood among handset vendors remains quietly confident regarding 2012," observes Jake Saunders, Vice President of Forecasting. "The outlook will yield growth in the order of 8%, netting 1.67 billion handsets shipped worldwide by the end of 2012.