Base station PA transistor revenue to reach $1 billion in 2014
Consumer adoption of new applications, growing wireless subscriptions and next generation standards are fueling base station and PA growth, said the research firm.
The research report also forecasts traditional macro and microcell base station deployment will peak at slightly over one million base stations per year in 2012 before falling to slightly less than one million in 2014.
The research firm sees explosive growth for lower capacity pico and femtocell base stations, estimating that they will exceed 7.8 million units deployed per year by 2014.
Eric Higham, director of GaAs and compound semiconductor technologies service at Strategy Analytics, said: â€œMobile operators are responding to consumer demand for data-centric applications by rolling out high data rate base stations. These higher rates require a network architecture that makes uses of smaller base stations, which will fuel strong semiconductor industry growth.â€
Asif Anwar, director of strategic technologies practice at Strategy Analytics, said: â€œWe expect to see the market share of gallium nitride (GaN) transistors increase, but LDMOS will remain the dominant power amplifier transistor technology.â€
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