17 November 2010

Femtocell radio component shipments triple in 2010

Shipments of femtocells (used for improved cellular coverage) are on track to reach almost 2 million units this year, creating opportunities for radio components over the next five years, according to the report ‘Small is Beautiful: Femtocells Set To Grow with New Applications’ from the Strategy Analytics RF & Wireless Component market research service, which explores the future market for RF power amplifiers (PAs), transceivers and basebands in femtocells.

“So far, demand has come from consumers with poor indoor cellular coverage, but in the future an increasing proportion of femtocells will go into small-to-medium sized enterprises and public access applications, the traditional realm of picocells and microcells,” says report author Christopher Taylor.

“Femtocells require PAs with similar frequency bands and RF output levels to PAs for cell phones, and the femtocell market will grow into an attractive niche market for GaAs power amps, which have a proven track record of performance and reliability in cell phones,” adds Eric Higham, director of the Gallium Arsenide and Compound Semiconductor market research service at Strategy Analytics.

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