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8 June 2016

RF GaN revenue growing at 17.5% CAAGR, more than doubling to $688.5m in 2020

Growing adoption of gallium nitride (GaN) technology in RF applications - coupled with the widespread deployment of LTE base-stations in China - drove an increase in RF GaN revenue of nearly 50% in 2015, according to the Strategy Analytics Advanced Semiconductor Applications (ASA) service report 'RF GaN Market Update: 2015 – 2020'. The growth in the base-station segment pushed the commercial portion of the RF GaN revenue to more than 60% of the total in 2015, with base-station applications specifically comprising nearly 55%.

"The performance advantages of GaN fit nicely with the requirements of new LTE base-station power amplifiers," notes Eric Higham, a director of Strategy Analytics' Advanced Semiconductor Applications service. "Despite an anticipated decline in the base-station power market, we anticipate that GaN revenue will increase as more equipment manufacturers convert to the technology," he adds.  

"As countries undertake new platform builds and retrofits, RF GaN revenue in defense applications will grow faster than the overall market, bringing it on par with commercial RF GaN revenue by 2020," says Asif Anwar, service director, Advanced Defense Systems service. So, driven by emerging system requirements, RF GaN revenue in the defense sector will rise from nearly 38% of the total revenue in 2015 to just short of 50% in 2020.

The continuing growth in base-station and defense applications collectively will drive RF GaN revenue to rise at a compound average annual growth rate (CAAGR) of 17.5%, more than doubling to nearly $688.5m in 2020, forecasts the report.

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