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4G and 5G are changing the RF front-end industry landscape: what are the next steps?

Press Release by Yole Développement, March 2017

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“The RF front end modules and components market for cellphones is highly dynamic”, asserts Claire Troadec, Activity Leader, RF Devices & Technologies at Yole Développement (Yole). And she adds:” From being worth US$10.1billion last year, it is expected to reach U$22.7 billion in 2022.” Such high growth is definitely something that players in other semiconductor markets would envy: a market that will more than double in six years! However, the growth is not evenly distributed…


Yole Group of companies including Yole and System Plus Consulting investigated the RF industry and proposes today two reports focused on the front end part of the market, at the modules and components level: RF Front End Modules and Components for Cellphones 2017 : this industry is undoubtedly complex today. This status is due to the diversity of products and technologies but not only… Facing to the smartphones market needs (more high resolution video and so more bandwidth…), RF FE players have to find a way to develop competitive products and so answer the market needs. Yole’s report proposes an impressive picture of the status of this market and analyzes the evolution of this industry in term of architecture, design and materials. With a mix of lot of M&A and disruptive technologies, RF requires today high attention.”


Smartphone comparison: area repartition


Smartphone RF Front-End Module Review points out the current technical challenges. This report is a detailed comparison of the current solutions proposed by the leaders of this industry. It highlights the technical choices to be done to answer to the smartphone market evolution.


The upcoming 5G communication technology is creating a new order in the communication market. Major RF FE players are battling to provide powerful devices that could be integrated in smartphones. “Not all technologies suit the 5G requirement, but every player could win something”, explains Stéphane Elisabeth, RF and Advanced Packaging Cost Engineer at System Plus Consulting. “There will be opportunities for low cost competitors in the SAW filter market for low band communications like GSM, 2G or 3G, as high quality competitors shift focus to the 4G and 5G market with BAW filters.” This comes along with better integration of all the FE communication devices, now in just one module.



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