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Strategy Analytics: Tuneable Antennas Enhance Smartphones

Skyworks, RFMD, Avago, TriQuint and Murata, to compete in this segment using GaAs, CMOS, RF MEMS and voltage-dependent dielectric variable capacitor technologies
Compact, integrated antenna tuners were used in several popular smartphones in 2011, the first of a wave of such tuners from Peregrine Semi, RFMD and others.

The Strategy Analytics report, “Outlook for Active Antennas & Tunable Components in Cellular Phones" reviews the prospects for tuneable RF components, comparing the different approaches and suppliers, and provides an upbeat forecast of the market through 2017.

Christopher Taylor, Director of the Strategy Analytics RF & Wireless Components market research service says, “Mobile devices that support 4G, 3G and 2G in multiple bands have complex RF front-ends, with compromises in antenna performance that can degrade calls, as Apple learned last year. Tuneable components can reduce dropped calls and improve battery life, while simplifying the cellphone."

Eric Higham, Director of the Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor market research service adds, “Antennas with tuneable impedance match will emerge as an important piece of the cell phone RF front-end, and we expect antenna specialists including Ethertronics and Skycross, in combination with front-end component suppliers including Skyworks, RFMD, Avago Tech, TriQuint and Murata, to compete aggressively in this segment using GaAs, CMOS, RF MEMS and voltage-dependent dielectric variable capacitor technologies."

Stephen Entwistle, VP of the Strategy Analytics Strategic Technologies group concludes, “The new ‘antenna tuner’ product category will bring success to some new entrants such as WiSpry and inevitably shake up the existing order among cellphone RF front-end component vendors."

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