02 May '12, 2pm

Handset #RF Front End Market To Double To $10B

Number of RF paths to grow to 20 Billion by 2017 A new forecast published today indicates that multi-mode, multi-band handsets and MIMO will drive staggering growth in the number of RF components shipped for mobile devices. By 2017, annual sales of 3 billion mobile devices will drive 20 billion different bands and operating modes. "LTE is driving dramatic change," explained Joe Madden, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts. "Because LTE frequencies are so fragmentary around the world, and MIMO is used for all LTE devices, the value of RF components in a typical smartphone will grow from $6 to $10 during the next five years. "To deal with the huge complexity in RF front ends, mobile OEMs will be introducing multiple new technologies. Multi-mode, multi-band power amplifiers (MMPAs), Envelope Tracking (ET), Antenna Tuning and Impedance Match Tuning, CMOS PAs, and Uplink MIMO ar...

Full article: http://www.rfglobalnet.com/doc.mvc/handset-rf-front-end-m...

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