Microwave Journal

High-power RF IC Markets Going from Strength to Strength

November 21, 2008

ABI Research’s optimistic forecasts for the penetration of high-powered RF integrated circuits into the mobile wireless base station market have been borne out by the latest market developments.

According to research director Lance Wilson, “Compared to the discrete devices they can replace, high-power RFICs take up less circuit board space; they are easier to use; and they cost the same or slightly less.”

"This new breed of high-powered RFICs is primarily intended for use in base stations for cellular and other wireless infrastructure. Although the conventional wisdom suggested relatively modest and stable growth for these chips, for several years they have been taking an increasingly significant share of this market. ABI Research expects that the pace of this market adoption will only increase over time.”

The rate of growth in shipment numbers is expected to level out slightly in 2011, but overall, between 2008 and 2013, revenue growth from this market will show a compound annual growth rate of 6 percent, which may seem modest but should be viewed as strong in an overall declining RF power device market for wireless infrastructure. By far the lion’s share of these revenues will go to just three large vendors.

ABI Research’s recent report, “High-Power RFICs,” identifies the factors driving the RFIC market, discusses the device technologies and the vendor landscape, explains this technology’s disruptive potential, and contains new, accelerated forecasts. It forms part of two ABI Research Services: RF Power Devices, and Wireless Semiconductors.