30 April 2010


Defense to remain driver in $376m GaN microelectronics market

The US defense industry will continue to provide the key applications for GaN microelectronics, as the emerging technology sector moves into a new phase of commercial development, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics in its report ‘GaN Microelectronics Market Update 2009–2014’.

Deployments in the military applications of electronic warfare, next-generation radar and covert communications will represent nearly half of the $376m market for GaN microelectronic components in 2014. For commercial applications, the emerging demand in low-voltage power conversion will begin to supplement the sluggish adoption of GaN components in wireless infrastructure that will continue through 2012, forecasts the firm.

“Much depends on the success of new entrants targeting applications in power management,” says Asif Anwar, director of the Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Service. “After the initial launch of these products in the opening quarter of 2010, we expect a number of major suppliers to enter the market over the next two years, prior to significant RF deployments in wireless infrastructure from 2012 onwards,” he adds.

The report details the increasing impact that GaN technology will have in the power management sector. A complementary report ‘GaN Device and Material Vendor Summary’ reveals the strategies being employed by the growing base of firms supplying GaN-based products for both military and commercial applications.

“GaN has already cemented its place in the optoelectronics market, and is now emerging as a key enabling technology for the commercial microelectronics sector,” comments Steve Entwistle, VP of the Strategy Analytics Strategic Technologies Practice. “Strategy Analytics anticipates several years of strong growth fueled by both RF and power management applications.”

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