8 November 2010


CATV infrastructure amplifier market to grow at 10% annually to $227m in 2014

The annual market value for CATV infrastructure amplifier building blocks will grow at a compound annual average growth rate (CAAGR) of 10% from $141m in 2009 to slightly more than $227m in 2014, forecasts a report from market research firm Strategy Analytics.

Drivers of this growth are an anticipated slow rebound of the housing market, the increasing consumption of bandwidth by consumers, and the ongoing global transition from analog networks to higher-capacity digital networks.

Strategy Analytics believes that gallium arsenide (GaAs) will continue to be the largest semiconductor technology used in the design of CATV infrastructure amplifiers, growing at a CAAGR of nearly 19% from 13.7 million devices in 2009 (64% of the total devices shipped) to slightly more than 32 million in 2014 (more than 80% of devices shipped) die to the cost and performance benefits enabled by GaAs devices. This meshes well with efforts to increase bandwidth and data rates and push fiber deeper into networks, says the firm.

The growth of GaAs will come at the expense of silicon devices that have traditionally populated CATV infrastructure amplifiers. Strategy Analytics forecasts that silicon device shipments will register a negative CAAR of 3%, dropping from 7.6 million in 2009 to an estimated 6.6 million in 2014.

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