The global research and consulting company Strategy Analytics has released a report from its RF and Wireless Component service, "Microsemi Holds onto Top Wi-Fi PA Position as Challengers Gain Strength," which examines the dynamics affecting suppliers of power amplifiers and front-end modules for Wi-Fi.

"Supplier Microsemi held onto its leading position in Wi-Fi PAs in 2005, yet Anadigics, TriQuint, Fairchild and RF Integrated made gains," said Chris Taylor, director of the Strategy Analytics RF and Wireless Components service. "While Wi-Fi transceivers with on-chip CMOS PAs will take more of the market, we expect MIMO and 802.11n in higher power systems to drive an increase in the market for external GaAs and SiGe PAs and front-end modules. This will benefit Skyworks and RFMD, which have extensive module experience."