Global RF IC Market 2016-2020
About RF IC
RF IC's are the building blocks for components that enable long-range connectivity such as LTE networks and short-range connectivity such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in the computing devices. RF ICs are mainly used in devices that perform the functions such as amplification, frequency conversion, and signal filtering. RF IC has become one of the key components in the wireless infrastructure, due to its high reliability and operating frequencies. RF ICs are used for manufacturing components such as power amplifiers, transceivers, Wi-Fi chips, Bluetooth chips, near-field communication (NFC), and others. With growing demand for wireless infrastructure, RF ICs have witnessed huge demand. Transceivers and power amplifiers are the major revenue contributing products in the market due to their increased demand from smartphone and tablet manufacturers. The increasing penetration of LTE networks globally is compelling the device manufacturers to integrate number of RF ICs, which is expected to fuel the market growth during the forecast period.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global RF IC market to grow at a CAGR of 11.56% during the period 2016-2020.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global RF IC market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the shipment of RF ICs globally.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global RF IC Market 2016-2020
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global RF IC market: Infineon Technologies, Qualcomm, Avago Technologies, Qorvo, NXP Semiconductors, and STMicroelectronics.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “Growing remote control technologies will be a key trend for market growth. IR remotes accounted for the largest share in the market for most consumer electronic devices. Vendors are increasingly investing in R&D. Some of the major technologies that have emerged for remotes include RF, ZigBee RF4CE, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Of these emerging technologies, RF is gaining more popularity among smart TV and gaming console manufacturers. Bluetooth is also being employed in certain gaming consoles such as Sony PlayStation 3, which enables users to control applications using motion control technology. Similarly, motion control technology is also being used in remotes for gaming consoles by Samsung and LG. In 2014, Samsung launched a remote for high-end TVs incorporated with touch, motion, and voice control features.”
According to the report, advent of carrier aggregation will be a key driver for market growth. Carrier aggregation results in an increase in RF content in smartphones and tablets. Carrier aggregation combines a wide range of the available spectrum at the same time to increase download and upload speeds. Though carrier aggregation is not a widespread concept currently, it has already been implemented in South Korea. In 2016, it will also be implemented in the US as well. In Europe and China, full user coverage of LTE networks has resulted in the integration of more than one specific type of surface acoustic wave (SAW) or bulk acoustic wave (BAW) filters, thereby increasing the ASP at the component level.
Further, the report states that uncertain economic conditions will be a challenge for the market. The semiconductor market is highly dependent on capital expenditure by the vendors. This high expenditure is essentially funded by financial institutions and from retained earnings of companies. The global economy is plagued with uneven market prospects. Currently, the exit of Britain from the European Union has resulted in a decline in the global markets. In addition, the Chinese economy is facing a downturn, which has resulted in the dwindling of the Chinese Yuan against the dollar. This is expected to affect the market largely, as China is a manufacturing hub for semiconductors. The slowdown in the global economy will tighten credit facilities for the market vendors, thereby reducing their profit margin. As a result, the vendors may cut their R&D expenses including those in the development of emerging technologies.
Qualcomm, Avago Technologies, Qorvo, NXP Semiconductors, STMicroelectronics.