Microwave Journal

Semiconductor Opportunity in Microcells, Picocells and Femtocells Shifts to WiMAX

September 1, 2009

Semiconductor revenue for WiMAX microcells, picocells and femtocells is on course to a 46 percent compound annual growth rate from 2008 to 2013. The segment will pass $1 B by 2013, reports In-Stat. Cellular femtocell semiconductors will be another growth segment for chip vendors. Worldwide cellular femtocell semiconductor revenue is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 260 percent between 2008 and 2013.


“Cellular microcell semiconductor revenue will fall as base station deployments decline and semiconductor ASPs are pressed downward,” says Allen Nogee, In-Stat Analyst. “The key for semiconductor vendors is to focus on the growth. Revenue from femtocell semiconductors, for example, will mirror revenue from the femtocells themselves as mobile operators migrate from larger base stations to smaller access points.”

The research, “A Cell of Your Own: Worldwide Micro, Pico, and Femtocell Market Analysis,” covers the worldwide market for small cellular base stations.