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RF Power Amplifier Equipment for Cellular and Wireless Infrastructure: An Analysis for Macro Basestation, Remote Radio Heads and Active Antenna Systems

RF power amplifiers are integral parts of all basestations 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.

Regional drivers, new technologies and the relationship between OEM and merchant suppliers are all discussed. Quantitative forecasts are presented through 2020.

Table of Contents

  • 1. SUMMARY - CHINA LEADS THE WAY
    • 1.1. Wireless Data and China Are Still Driving the Marketplace
    • 1.2. RF Power Amplifiers and Mobile Wireless and Cellular
    • 1.3. Cost Is Still an Important Driver
    • 1.4. Technology Implications
    • 1.5. Technology Drivers for RF Power Amplifiers
    • 1.6. Air Interface Implications
    • 1.7. RF Power Amplifier Suppliers
    • 1.8. Forecast Summaries
    • 1.9. RF Power Amplifier Forecast
    • 1.10. LTE and China Will Drive the Future
  • 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. Other Future RF Power Amplifier Trends
  • 3. RF POWER AMPLIFIER MARKET OVERVIEW
    • 3.1. Forecast Methodology
    • 3.2. RF Power Amplifier Suppliers and Market Shares
    • 3.3. RF Power Amplifier Market Analysis and Forecasts
    • 3.4. RF Power Amplifiers by Output Power
    • 3.5. RF Power Amplifiers by Frequency
    • 3.6. RF Power Amplifiers by Air Interface
    • 3.7. RF Power Amplifiers, Conventional versus High-efficiency
    • 3.8. RF Power Amplifiers Shipments and Revenue Forecasts
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