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China Mobile TD-LTE deployment to extend next year

Posted: 26 Aug 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TD-LTE? base station? LDMOS? ASIC? FPGA?

According to the latest base station and transceiver forecast report from Mobile Experts, there will be a notable disruption in the market for China Mobile TD-LTE production. According to the market analytics firm, RF semiconductor suppliers are increasing production that corresponds with delivery of 207,000 TD-LTE base stations. However, despite widespread media reports that 200,000 base stations will be deployed this year, suppliers stated that production and deployment limitations will stretch deliveries over a period of nearly 18 months.

The forecast reveals the inner workings of the transforming market, and also the inner workings of components such as LDMOS devices, GaN devices, ADCs, DACs, analogue quadrature modulators (AQMs), phased lock loops, (PLLs), low noise amplifiers (LNAs) and other devices.

Mobile Experts' in-depth analysis shows competitive dynamics in the $2.5 billion RRH semiconductor market. The market is quickly transforming; low-cost integrated semiconductors are ready to steal the spotlight from discrete semiconductors, resulting in a line-up with fewer components, and possibly fewer vendors.

"Increasing bandwidth will be a challenge this year," said Joe Madden, principal analyst at Mobile Experts. "Some spectrum allocations have reached 190MHz in bandwidth or more, and various operators have different strategies for how to deploy radios on the spectrum. Mobile Experts has determined how the carrier aggregation and wideband radios will be deployed, and we've charted the impact to ASICs, FPGAs, SoCs, mixed-signal devices and RF components. In particular, we can expect integrated transceivers developed for small cell applications to become a big part of the macro market."





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