RFIC market distortion danger say analyst - Embedded.com

RFIC market distortion danger say analyst

LONDON — The market for high-Power RF ICs is remarkably consolidated according Lance Wilson of ABI Research and between them, the three largest vendors have over 95 percent market share. In fact, cautions Wilson, “One major supplier controls so much of the RF high power amplifier RFIC market that there is a risk of permanent market distortion.”

“The level of penetration of high-powered RFICs into the mobile wireless base station market right now exceeds what most observers would ever suspect,” says research director Wilson. “It is a major force in the device market for base stations. These parts are shipping in the millions. The accepted wisdom about high-power RFICs simply no longer applies.”

Over the past several years this new breed of high-powered RFICs – primarily geared for use in base stations for cellular and other wireless infrastructure – has been quietly grabbing significant market share, and will continue to do so at an increasing pace.

ABI Research High-Power RFICs report identifies the factors driving the RFIC market, discusses the device technologies and the vendor landscape, explains this technology’s disruptive potential, and contains new, accelerated forecasts.

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