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Global RF IC Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Aug 2016
  • Pages: 63
  • SKU: IRTNTR10050
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This market research report analyzes the leading vendors in the global RF IC market such as Infineon Technologies, Qualcomm, Avago Technologies, Qorvo, Skyworks Solutions, NXP Semiconductors, STMicroelectronics, and Renesas Electronics. This report also presents a competitive analysis of the market by product (transceivers, power amplifiers, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth) and by geography (Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

Global outlook for the RF IC market

Technavio’s market research analysts have predicted that the global radio frequency (RF) IC market will grow at a fast pace and will post an impressive CAGR of more than 11% over the forecast period. The manufacturing of RF devices like power amplifiers incurs enormous costs for the vendors because of the expensive raw materials. This has prompted the vendors to identify new materials that can reduce the expenditure incurred in the manufacturing process of RF devices. The development of new materials like GaAs and indium phosphide (InP) will ramp up the production of RF power amplifiers. GaAs-RF power amplifiers use high saturated electron velocity and electron mobility to function, especially at high frequencies. Moreover, these new materials display a superior level of integration with other electronic components, such as switches fabricated in silicon on sapphire or other silicon on insulator processes. Therefore, companies like Murata and TriQuint are trying to use cost-effective and superior-performing materials to manufacture RF power amplifiers, which will fuel the growth of the RF IC market over the next four years.

One of the upcoming trends that is likely to gain traction in the market during the forecast period is the rapid development of smart cities. Government organizations around the world are investing heavily in the development of the smart city or connected city. This requires public Wi-Fi networks to provide various services to consumers, such as access to education, safety and security, and water management, traffic management, infrastructure management, and healthcare. It also provides location-based services to city planners to gain insight into the various smart city functions and the lifestyle of citizens. This is anticipated to create a massive demand for Wi-Fi routers to be installed in public places, which, in turn, will fuel the demand for high-powered transceiver RF chips for transmitting and receiving the data signals from the various connected smart devices.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

Owing to the presence of several well-established global and regional vendors, the global RF IC market witnesses fierce vendor competition. Most vendors in the market are competing to develop innovative products and solutions to cater to the demands of enterprises across various segments. The vendors compete on the basis of innovation, price, quality and performance, and support services. However, buyers of RF IC chips, such as consumer electronics manufacturers and automobile manufacturers across developed and emerging regions, have a different set of priorities based on the region's buying criteria of consumers.

Key vendors in this market are -

  • Infineon Technologies
  • Qualcomm
  • Avago Technologies
  • Qorvo
  • Skywork Solutions
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Renesas Electronics

Product segmentation and analysis of the RF IC market

  • Transceivers
  • Power amplifiers
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth

During 2015, the transceivers segment dominated the global RF IC market and is expected to reach over USD 13 billion by 2020. Transceiver chips are an essential component of any electronic device; therefore, the growing demand for new age electronic devices such as smartphones, smart TVs, set-top boxes, and laptops, will lead to an augmented demand and adoption of transceiver chips in the coming years.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the RF IC market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

The APAC region led the global RF IC market and is expected to reach more than USD 41 billion by 2020. The growth of this market in the region is attributed to the growing demand for RF IC's in the consumer electronics segment and the increasing need for logic and multipoint control units (MCUs) in the automotive segment. Moreover, the APAC region is home to major buyers such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, and Toyota Motor, which will also contribute to this market’s growth in the region until the end of 2020.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global RF IC market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global RF IC market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global RF IC market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global RF IC market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global RF IC market?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of  the report

  • Market overview

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation by product

  • Market overview
  • Transceivers
  • Power amplifiers
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Others

PART 07: Geographical segmentation

  • Segmentation of global RF IC market by geography 2015-2020
  • RF IC market in APAC
  • RF IC market in Americas
  • RF IC market in EMEA

PART 08: Market drivers

  • Deployment of next-generation LTE wireless networks
  • Advent of carrier aggregation
  • Use of new materials for manufacture of RF devices
  • Growing traction of RF technology for remotes

PART 09: Impact of drivers

PART 10: Market challenges

  • Signal loss due to growing design complexities
  • Failure to forecast demand
  • Uncertain economic conditions

PART 11: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 12: Market trends

  • Growing popularity of IoT
  • Growing popularity of RF SOI
  • Development of smart cities
  • Growing remote control technologies

PART 13: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Vendor landscape
  • Infineon Technologies
  • Qualcomm
  • Avago Technologies
  • Qorvo
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Skyworks Solutions
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Renesas Electronics

PART 14: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 15: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.

TechnavioINFORMATION SOURCES

Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases
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TechnavioDATA ANALYSIS

Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts
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Qualitative

  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis

Quantitative

  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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