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SP20504 - RFFEM Comparison 2020 Vol1_1

RF Front-End Module Comparison 2020 – Volume 1

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EUR 6990
Mobile & Consumer
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Technical and cost overview of the latest Radio Frequency Front-End module technologies, with deep analysis of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.

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Each year System Plus opens hundreds of Front-End Modules (FEMs) and components to provide an overview of the Radio Frequency (RF) FEM market in selected flagship smartphones. Gathering the information into one report offers an opportunity to keep track of the evolution of this technology market.

This year, System Plus Consulting proposes different volumes on technical and cost comparison of Smartphones’ RFFEM. Every report will focus on a specific subject, that can be a player’s evolution, a specific technology or a comparison of flagships devices.

This first volume provides insights into technology and cost data for FEMs and several components found in three smartphones: Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note10+ and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. It features disruptive choices like double side Ball Grid Array (BGA) packaging for High Volume Manufacturing (HVM) from suppliers like Broadcom. Incredible High Performance (IHP) Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filter adoption is revealed in the Apple iPhone series. Also, it reveals new competitors in the HVM Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) filter market, like Skyworks.

With teardowns of the smartphones, the main RF modules and components have been extracted and physically analyzed, from the output of the transceiver to the antenna. Packaging, sizes and technologies are studied to provide a large panel of technical and economical choices and an overview of the market.

Moreover, the report includes an overview of other flagship smartphones released by the end of 2019 and provides a statistical analysis for most of front-end modules. It also tries to explain the smartphone makers’ choices and supplier tendencies. Wifi and Bluetooth module analysis are not included in this report.

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Company Profile

Smartphone Teardowns

Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus European Version, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G Physical & Cost Analysis

  • Front-End Modules
    • Packages view and dimensions
    • Packages opening
    • Active die views and dimensions
      • Power amplifier
      • SPxT switch
      • LNA
      • RFIC
    • Passive die views and vimensions
      • SAW filters
      • BAW filters
      • IPDs
      • SMD components
    • Component summary
    • Area and distribution number comparison

Comparison Analysis 

    • Apple vs. Samsung vs. OnePlus
    • Supported Bands
    • Integration Comparison including Area per Supplier, Area per Function and Filters
    • Material Comparison including Substrate and Silicon Consumption
    • 2019 vs. 2020 Comparison: Evolution
    • Cost Comparison per Supplier and per Function
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