The Microwave Electron Tube Market Once Again at Over US$1 Billion

27 Feb 2020

While microwave and millimeter wave high-power vacuum electron devices (VEDs) remain “below the radar” of many industry observers, the total available market (TAM) for this segment is once again over US$1 billion, as it has been for the last several years, according to a new market data report from global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research.

“Despite its size, and although these tubes remain essential elements in specialized military, scientific/medical, and space communications applications, this market is generally under-reported by the electronics industry at large and poorly understood by those not directly involved in it,” explains Lance Wilson, Research Director at ABI Research.

Essentially, this continues as a stable industry after several rounds of consolidation in the past decade. There is some potential for further consolidation, but, there are no signs that more is yet to come. “However, one new RF semiconductor technology – gallium nitride – will soon change the competitive landscape. While it is not yet near monopolizing the microwave RF power industry, GaN is advancing steadily and is a technology that should be closely watched, as it will be a threat to some aspects of the lower-power microwave and millimeter wave VED marketplace,” Wilson says.

The size of this historic market continues to surprise everyone and its longevity and firm resistance to RF power semiconductor encroachment is equally surprising. However, that will be changing to some degree as GaN devices move up in frequency and power. Despite all this, microwave and millimeter wave VEDs are showing some growth, in part being driven by larger and more stable defense spending in the United States.”

“These specialized vacuum electron devices may at first seem anachronistic. But in some cases, there is no other way to generate such high levels of RF power within an acceptably small space. Certain microwave and millimeter wave VEDs can generate megawatts, and it would take tens of thousands of transistors to do that,” concludes Wilson.

These findings are from ABI Research’s Microwave and Millimeter Wave High-Power Vacuum Electron Devices market data report. This report is part of the company’s 5G & Mobile Network Infrastructure research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights. Market Data spreadsheets are composed of deep data, market share analysis, and

About ABI Research

ABI Research is a global technology intelligence firm delivering actionable research and strategic guidance to technology leaders, innovators, and decision makers around the world. Our research focuses on the transformative technologies that are dramatically reshaping industries, economies, and workforces today.

ABI Research提供开创性的研究和战略指导,帮助客户了解日新月异的技术。 自1990年以来,我们已与全球数百个领先的技术品牌,尖端公司,具有远见的政府机构以及创新的贸易团体建立了合作关系。 我们帮助客户创造真实的业务成果。

For more information about ABI Research’s services, contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific, or visit

Contact ABI Research

Media Contacts

Americas: +1.516.624.2542
Europe: +44.(0).203.326.0142
Asia: +65 6950.5670

Related Research

Related Service