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Prepare for Demand Growth in RF Power Semis

Future Market Insights (FMI) forecasts global growth in the market for RF power semiconductors.

These devices are critical components in telecoms transmission equipment, including products involved in 5G wireless networks. Ultimately, RF power semiconductors are the last stage in the transmission of the signal, and they are used in RF power amplifiers, RF duplexers, RF filters and RF switches.

Network infrastructure continues to grow, and in many countries where there is a poor legacy wired communications system, the wireless and mobile telecoms networks have leapfrogged the old technology. It is not unusual in these countries for there to be no phone line or broadband, but for households and businesses to rely on mobile and 4G.

Even in countries where there is an extensive infrastructure already in place, there is a continuous drive to improve internet speeds and connectivity, and there is a regular update to mobile data speeds and capacity (such as the upgrade from 4G to 5G). More and more devices are getting connected, driven by advances such as the Internet of Things (IoT). The continuing move towards a higher take-up of cloud storage means a growth of data centres and the need for mobile devices to be able to access their data at high speeds wherever they are being used.

Next generation technologies such as self-driving cars, augmented reality, virtual reality and ultra-4K content mean that each individual’s need for data is accelerating exponentially, and they rely on the telecoms infrastructure to deliver that data.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • 12% CAGR for RF power semis from 2018 to 2027
  • Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) will dominate global growth with a CAGR of 13.1%
  • RF power amplifiers are expected to be the dominant product type

Read more on the New Electronics website