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RF power devices see hope in China, LTE push

Posted: 24 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RF? power amplifiers? LTE? China market?

ABI Research forecasts that while markets for RF power amplifiers decline in developed regions, two new developments will provide a temporary lift over the next few yearswireless infrastructure rollout in China and the approaching wave of Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployments in the West. Asia Pacific, including Japan, presently accounts for nearly 50 percent of the RF power semiconductor devices that are sold into the mobile wireless infrastructure segment.

The market for RF power amps has not been affected as much as other electronics segments by the economic downturn. But the recession's effects have added to the pre-existing gentle contraction of the market to create a somewhat bleak outlook. However, "China 'has the pedal to the metal' in its massive wireless infrastructure rollout," according to Lance Wilson, research director at ABI. "And since only some of the resulting demand for RF power amplifiers is being met domestically, it has been a windfall for international vendors." That demand is expected to keep the market afloat until 2010, with Chinese deployments only starting to slow in 2011.

This is just in time for equipment vendors, because 2011 is the expected time-frame for LTE deployments in developed countries. According to Wilson, LTE "is going to bolster RF power sales in the wireless infrastructure space from about 2011 on."

Wilson also said that since ABI's last report on the segment, there have been some modest changes in the breakdown of market share held by the leading RF power device vendors.





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