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Challenges seen for RF chip vendors despite growth

Posted: 09 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:rf semiconductor? handset?

The worldwide handset radio-frequency (RF) semiconductor market is expected to grow from $5.34 billion in 2004 to $8.27 billion in 2008, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Despite what appears to be stellar growth, manufacturers of RF semiconductors are in a quandary over the robust and persistent demand for cost-effective and power efficient solutions.

"RF semiconductor companies will have to design devices that improve the talk time, power characteristics, and overall performance of the RF section in handsets and support high integration levels that shall enable the creation of single chip radios and integration of RF and baseband in the future," said Deepa Doraiswamy, an analyst with Frost & Sullivan (Palo Alto, Calif.), in a statement.

"RF companies are under pressure to invest heavily in process technologies and design mechanisms that make it possible to develop such solutions," he said.

As handset vendors are the end-users, this compressed design cycle forces RF semiconductor manufacturers keep up with the handset manufacturers.

"Since competition and customer expectations will continue to increase, the design cycles of handsets could also shrink further," noted Doraiswamy. "RF semiconductor manufacturers need to develop scalable solutions with advanced power control features and interfaces to varied functionality."

- EE Times

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