Pulsed RF Power Semiconductors are Moving Upward as Defense Spending and Air Traffic Control Improvements Increase

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By Lance Wilson | 4Q 2018 | IN-5294


The Present Status


Although growth for high-power Radio Frequency (RF) semiconductors for pulsed applications has been midway in the single digits for the last few years, 2018 has shown an uptick. First, let’s define what we mean by pulsed RF power semiconductors. In this case, it means commercial- and defense-related avionics using pulsed RF and sub-1 GHz, L-Band, and S-Band radar.

There are actually two segments that ABI Research has defined for these applications. One is for military and defense and the other is for commercial avionics and air traffic control. Both segments cover similar pulsed applications and frequencies (< 4 GHz).

The chart below shows the breakout for revenue among the four classes of pulsed high-power RF devices for 2017.

  High Power Pulsed RF Device Market  

It is important to note that ABI Research categorizes both of these areas as “nondiscretionary,” in that the defense side of things must move forward, as a nation’s security is at stake; on the commercial/civilian side, air travel safety and the efficient ru…

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