Consolidation Moves Ahead in the RF Power GaN World

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2Q 2014 | IN-1019059


GaN: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen


Gallium nitride (GaN) is the hottest segment in the RF power semiconductor world today. The formative period of this technology is now leveling off, although development does continue, and the rush is to get devices into production and to generate revenue. Frequencies are now extending up into the millimeter wave area, and GaN is getting designed into all types of equipment and systems, including multiband radars. Almost all RF semiconductor producers using “historical” technologies” such as Si LDMOS and GaAs are aware that the GaN train is leaving the station, and again, almost everyone is scurrying to get on board. At the end of 2013, ABI Research had counted 13 different companies that were all trying to get a piece of the pie. While GaN revenues will certainly increase with time, having a company count in the teens reflects too many participants for this market space for a present market value of a few hundred mi...

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