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Total power amplifier MMICs forecast to reach $1.65B in 2017

Markets for GaAs-based MMICs remain strong, but increasingly impacted by competition from GaN on the power amplifier side and SiGe BiCMOS for signal processing
UK based Engalco  Research has released an update report on markets for compound semiconductor MMICs (CSMMICs) into medium volume applications. Although silicon technology (notably CMOS) is steadily advancing into some of the territory previously occupied by compound semiconductors there are many microwave and millimeter-wave systems for which the required performance levels can only be met by CS MMICs. 

The report provides market data on MMICs fabricated using GaAs, GaN, InP, SiC and SiGe into the following systems applications: adaptive cruise control (ACC); defense (AESAs, EW); industrial, scientific and medical (ISM); Ka-band VSATs, Ku-band VSATs, microwave radio, millimeter-wave radio (E-band, etc.).

Power amplifier MMICs and “non-power” MMICs are considered separately for all segmentations. Annual total market data are indicated for years 2011, 2012 and each forecast year to 2017. Regions covered are Europe, North America and “rest of the world”.

Total global markets were about $1.27B in 2011 increasing to $1.65B in 2017 but with fluctuations in intermediate years. Markets for GaAs-based MMICs remain strong, albeit increasingly impacted by competition from GaN mainly on the power amplifier side and SiGe BiCMOS for signal processing. Markets for most types of CS MMICs are well entrenched in AESAs, SATCOM (VSATs) and microwave radios.

The most rapid overall growth is exhibited by ACC and millimeter-wave radio applications. The global market for MMICs into W-band ACC amounted to low tens of millions in 2012 increasing to low hundreds of millions in 2017, mostly SiGe MMICs in Europe. The global market relating to millimeter-wave radio (E-band) was also low tens of millions of dollars in 2012 increasing to around $500M in 2017 and increasingly dominated by SiGe BiCMOS MMICs.

Amongst the 63 players identified principal companies include: Hittite Microwave, MACOM, RF Micro Devices, TowerJazz and TriQuint Semiconductor. These players serve major portions of the total markets and profiles are contained in this report. Leading firms are also listed as “top 5” or top 10” appropriately.

InGaP-based MMICs represent a variation of GaAs-based. In this report both technologies are essentially combined under “GaAs”.

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