RF Power Amplifiers

RF power amplifiers are integral parts of all base stations for cellular and mobile wireless infrastructure. They represent one of the most expensive component sub-assemblies in modern wireless infrastructure equipment and both their performance and cost are important drivers in base station design. Efficiency, physical size, linearity, and reliability are among the principal concerns. As price pressures become fiercer, new and innovative techniques and materials must be used to reduce the cost of this important component part while still maintaining performance. The RF power semiconductors used in these power amplifiers are the linchpin for their cost and capability and they must keep pace with both the economic and technical realities facing designers and users of these RF power amplifiers.

This study examines all of the above topics and illuminates the interdependent relationship of RF power semiconductors to RF power amplifiers. Quantitative forecasts are presented through 2017 for both segments.

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • 1.1. Wireless Data and China Lead the Way
    • 1.2. RF Power Amplifiers and Mobile Wireless and Cellular
    • 1.3. The Cost Issue Will Not Go Away
    • 1.4. Technology Implications
    • 1.5. Technology Drivers for RF Power Amplifiers
    • 1.6. Technology Drivers for RF Power Devices
    • 1.7. Air Interface Implications
    • 1.8. RF Power Amplifier Suppliers
    • 1.9. RF Power Device Suppliers
    • 1.10. Forecast Summaries
    • 1.11. RF Power Amplifier Forecast
    • 1.12. RF Power Device Forecast
    • 1.13. What the Future Will Hold
  • 2. CELLULAR AND MOBILE WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE RF POWER AMPLIFIERS
    • 2.1. Introduction to RF Power Amplifiers
    • 2.2. Output Power Levels
    • 2.3. Frequencies of Operation
    • 2.4. Issues with Air Interfaces
    • 2.5. Linearity Concerns
    • 2.6. Efficiency Issues
    • 2.7. A Few Words about WiMAX
    • 2.8. Other Future RF Power Amplifier Trends
    • 2.9. RF Power Amplifier Market Overview
    • 2.10. Forecast Methodology
    • 2.11. RF Power Amplifier Suppliers and Market Shares
    • 2.12. RF Power Amplifier Market Analysis and Forecasts
    • 2.13. RF Power Amplifiers by Output Power
    • 2.14. RF Power Amplifiers by Frequency
    • 2.15. RF Power Amplifiers by Air Interface
    • 2.16. RF Power Amplifiers, Conventional versus High-efficiency
    • 2.17. RF Power Amplifiers Shipments and Revenue Forecasts
  • 3. RF POWER DEVICES FOR CELLULAR AND MOBILE WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • 3.1. RF Power Devices
    • 3.2. Silicon LDMOS
    • 3.3. GaAs
    • 3.4. SiC
    • 3.5. GaN
    • 3.6. Device Linearity Issues
    • 3.7. Efficiency Concerns
    • 3.8. Plastic Packaging
    • 3.9. Industry Positioning
    • 3.10. Future RF Power Device Trends
    • 3.11. RF Power Amplifier Device Market Overview
    • 3.12. Forecast Methodology
    • 3.13. RF Power Amplifier Device Suppliers and Market Share
    • 3.14. RF Power Amplifier Devices by Process Technology
    • 3.15. RF Power Amplifier Devices by Package Type
    • 3.16. RF Power Amplifier Devices, Conventional versus High-efficiency
    • 3.17. RF Power Amplifier Device $/W Implications
    • 3.18. RF Power Amplifier Device Shipment and Revenue Forecasts
    • 3.19. RF Power Amplifier Device Revenue by Region Forecast
  • 4. DISRUPTIVE FORCES UPDATE, RF POWER AMPLIFIERS AND DEVICES FOR CELLULAR AND MOBILE WIRELESS
    • 4.1. Disruptive Market Forces Move to the Next Phase
    • 4.2. GaN Is Still Having Trouble Breaking into Mobile Wireless Infrastructure
    • 4.3. Linearity Correction and Efficiency Improvement Cost-effectiveness Are within Reach
    • 4.4. Nujira's ASIC-based Envelope Tracking Solution
    • 4.5. Scintera Attacks Linearity Solution Is in Place
    • 4.6. The Cost Target for Efficiency and Linearity Improvement ASICs Has Been Met
  • 5. VENDOR PROFILES - RF POWER AMPLIFIERS
    • 5.1. Alcatel-Lucent
      • 5.1.1. Alcatel-Lucent Profile
      • 5.1.2. Alcatel-Lucent Analysis
    • 5.2. Andrew (CommScope)
      • 5.2.1. Andrew (CommScope) Profile
      • 5.2.2. Andrew (CommScope, Inc.) Analysis
    • 5.3. Ericsson
      • 5.3.1. Ericsson Profile
      • 5.3.2. Ericsson Analysis
    • 5.4. Hitachi Communication Technologies America (Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc.)
      • 5.4.1. Hitachi Communications Technologies America (Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc.) Profi
      • 5.4.2. Hitachi Communication Technologies America (Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc.) Analys
    • 5.5. Huawei Technologies
      • 5.5.1. Huawei Technologies Profile
      • 5.5.2. Huawei Technologies Analysis
    • 5.6. NEC Corporation
      • 5.6.1. NEC Corporation Profile
      • 5.6.2. NEC Corporation Analysis
    • 5.7. Nokia Siemens Networks
      • 5.7.1. Nokia Siemens Networks Profile
      • 5.7.2. Nokia Siemens Networks Analysis
    • 5.8. Powerwave Technologies
      • 5.8.1. Powerwave Technologies Profile
      • 5.8.2. Powerwave Technologies Analysis
    • 5.9. Wave Electronics Co., Ltd.
      • 5.9.1. Wave Electronics Co., Ltd. Profile
      • 5.9.2. Wave Electronics Co., Ltd. Analysis
    • 5.10. ZTE Corporation
      • 5.10.1. ZTE Corporation Profile
      • 5.10.2. ZTE Corporation Analysis
    • 5.11.
  • 6. VENDOR PROFILES: RF POWER DEVICES
    • 6.1. Beam Power Technology
      • 6.1.1. Beam Power Technology Profile
      • 6.1.2. Beam Power Technology Analysis
    • 6.2. Cree, Inc.
      • 6.2.1. Cree, Inc. Profile
      • 6.2.2. Cree, Inc. Analysis
    • 6.3. Freescale Semiconductor
      • 6.3.1. Freescale Semiconductor Profile
      • 6.3.2. Freescale Semiconductor Analysis
    • 6.4. Infineon Technologies
      • 6.4.1. Infineon Technologies Profile
      • 6.4.2. Infineon Technologies Analysis
    • 6.5. M/A-COM Technology Solutions
      • 6.5.1. M/A-COM Technology Solutions Profile
      • 6.5.2. M/A-COM Technology Solutions Analysis
    • 6.6. Mitsubishi Electric
      • 6.6.1. Mitsubishi Electric Profile
      • 6.6.2. Mitsubishi Electric Analysis
    • 6.7. Nitronex Corporation
      • 6.7.1. Nitronex Corporation Profile
      • 6.7.2. Nitronex Corporation Analysis
    • 6.8. Nujira Ltd.
      • 6.8.1. Nujira Ltd. Profile
      • 6.8.2. Nujira Ltd. Analysis
    • 6.9. NXP Semiconductors
      • 6.9.1. NXP Semiconductors Profile
      • 6.9.2. NXP Semiconductors Analysis
    • 6.10. RFMD
      • 6.10.1. RFMD Profile
      • 6.10.2. RFMD Analysis
    • 6.11. Scintera
      • 6.11.1. Scintera Profile
      • 6.11.2. Scintera Analysis
    • 6.12. Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations, Inc. (Eudyna Devices)
      • 6.12.1. Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations, Inc. (Eudyna Devices) Profile
      • 6.12.2. Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations, Inc. (Eudyna Devices) Analysis
    • 6.13. STMicroelectronics
      • 6.13.1. STMicroelectronics Profile
      • 6.13.2. STMicroelectronics Analysis
    • 6.14. TriQuint Semiconductor
      • 6.14.1. TriQuint Semiconductor Profile
      • 6.14.2. TriQuint Semiconductor Analysis
  • 7. COMPANY DIRECTORY
  • 8. ACRONYMS
  • 9. LINKS TO RELATED RESEARCH
  • 10. TABLE OF CONTENTS

Charts

  1. Total Shipment and Revenue Growth for Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifiers, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  2. RF Power Device Dollar per Watt Trend for Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifiers, World Market: 1999 to 2017
  3. Total Shipment and Revenue Growth for Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Devices, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  4. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifier Market Share by Vendor, World Market: 2012
  5. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifier Shipments by Output Power, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  6. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifier Revenue by Output Power, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  7. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifier Shipments by Frequency, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  8. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifier Revenue by Frequency, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  9. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifier Shipments by Air Interface, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  10. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifier Revenue by Air Interface, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  11. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifier Shipments for Conventional versus High-efficiency, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  12. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifier Revenue for Conventional versus High-efficiency, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  13. Total Shipment and Revenue Growth for Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifiers, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  14. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Device Market Share by Vendor, World Market: 2012
  15. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Device Shipments by Process Technology, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  16. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Device Revenue by Process Technology, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  17. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Device Shipments by Package Type, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  18. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Device Revenue by Package Type, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  19. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Device Shipments for Conventional versus High-efficiency, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  20. Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Device Revenue for Conventional versus High-efficiency, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  21. RF Power Device Dollar per Watt Trend for Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Amplifiers, World Market: 1999 to 2017
  22. Total Shipment and Revenue Growth for Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Devices, World Market: 2012 to 2017
  23. Total Cellular and Mobile Wireless Infrastructure RF Power Device Revenue by Region, World Market: 2012 to 2017
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Research Information

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Publish Date
4Q 2012
Code
RR-AMP-12
Research Type
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Pages
68