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Competitive and Cooperative Strategies of RF Front-End Vendors in Emerging Communications Market

Competitive and Cooperative Strategies of RF Front-End Vendors in Emerging Communications Market

As a key component in wireless communications, the RF (Radio Frequency) front-end module allows simultaneous transmission and reception of wireless signal. The RF front-end module market is currently dominated by Broadcom, Skyworks, and Qorvo which possess important design and process technologies. This report reviews these three brands’ business operations and analyzes their cooperative and competitive strategies for the 5G phone, national defense, and Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) 6 markets.


  • ARCHITECTURE OF RF PRODUCTS
    • Cost Structure of Components
      • Filter
      • PA (Power Amplifier)
      • Other Components
  • BUSINESS OPERATIONS OF MAJOR RF FRONT-END VENDORS
    • Business Scale: Broadcom is Ten Times Bigger than Skyworks and Qorvo in Value
    • Revenue Performance: Broadcom Tops, Followed by Skyworks, and Qorvo
    • Key Customers: Apple as Biggest Customer for Big 3
    • Technological Development: Broadcom Has Core Processor Capabilities, Qorvo Steps Up Investment in High-end Market
  • STRATEGIES OF BROADCOM, SKYWORKS, AND QORVO FOR THE RF FRONT-END MARKET
    • 5G Smartphone Market
      • Skyworks Secures Partnerships While Qorvo and Broadcom Still Working on It
      • 5G RF Modules Will be Highly Integrated
      • Power System and Heat Dissipation are Major Challenges
        • Table Details of Sky5 5G Phones
        • Table Details of Qorvo's 5G Phones
    • National Defense
      • Qorvo Leads in GaN Technology
      • Skyworks and Broadcom Yet to Develop Technology for the Defense Market
        • Table Details of Qorvo's Defense Products
    • Wi-Fi 6
      • 5GHz and MU-MIMO are the Next Big Things in Wi-Fi
      • Broadcom Teams up with Skyworks While Qorvo with Qualcomm
      • Next-gen Wi-Fi Products Used in Smartphones, Homes, and Industrial Applications
        • Table Wi-Fi 6 Chips Developed by Broadcom and Qualcomm and Integrated with RF Modules
  • MIC PERSPECTIVE
    • 5G Phones to be Top Priority Market for Skyworks
    • Defense is the Most Important Market for Qorvo
    • Broadcom and Skyworks Collaborate on Wi-Fi 6 with Qorvo Closely Behind
  • APPENDIX
    • Glossary of Terms
    • List of Companies

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