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RF power amp, device sales combine for $3B despite slow year

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RF power semiconductor devices? power amplifiers? Asia-Pacific Region? LTE? wireless infrastructure?

According to a recent ABI Research Report, despite 2012 turning out to be an off year, the market for RF power amplifiers and devices for wireless infrastructure held its own, combing for an estimated $3 billion in earnings. The research firm added that the current year should be viewed as a breathing space before both segments resume stable and moderate growth after an explosive 2011.

The Asia-Pacific Region, including Japan, continues to account for over 75 per cent of the RF power semiconductor devices that are sold into the mobile wireless infrastructure segment. According to research director Lance Wilson, "For the foreseeable future the Asia-Pacific region, particularly China, will remain the most important region and focus for RF power amplifiers and high-power RF devices for wireless infrastructure."

Despite the off year RF power amplifier sales for wireless infrastructure will top $2.4B and RF power device sales will be over $600M.

LTE will become an increasingly important factor in both of these businesses even though the rollout has not been as rapid as the industry would like. Nevertheless, it is already worldwide in scope. "Although LTE has not significantly impacted RF power amplifier and device sales as of yet," added Wilson, "it is going to bolster RF power sales in the wireless infrastructure space from 2012 on."

The continuing overall need for wireless data remains an important driver for the overall market for both RF power amplifiers and RF power devices.





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