Pulsed RF Power Semiconductors Continue to Accelerate as Defense Spending and Air Traffic Control Improvements Increase

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By Lance Wilson | 4Q 2019 | IN-5671


Avionics, Sub-GHz, L-Band, and S-Band Radar Growth Will Climb Upward


Although growth for high-power Radio Frequency (RF) semiconductors for pulsed applications has been in the mid-single digits for the last few years, 2019 has shown a further increase and overall Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) will near 10% for the current five-year period. 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/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 2018:

  High Power Pulsed RF Device Market Share by Application  

It is important to note that ABI Research categorizes both of these areas as “non-discretionary,” in that the defense side of things must move forward as a n…

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