The mobile RF market is estimated to be ~$19B, or 21% of the $90B mobile IC market. 5G is driving innovation, and the growing complexity of the RF front end is impacting size, cost and power consumption, notably:
Design changes to support an increased number of bands.
Carrier aggregation to enable handsets to accommodate higher bandwidths by using multiple bands simultaneously
Multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) uses multiple transmit and receive antennas to improve capacity
TechInsights analyzes devices in the mobile RF architecture from the antenna to the RF transceiver. In doing so, we see different approaches to addressing complexity issues; while some vendors are providing pin-compatible components that enable a common architecture to support different bands/regions simply by replacing components, other vendors are focused on more integrated architectures.
Learn more about TechInsights’ mobile RF analysis, as well as our products and services, by downloading our Mobile RF Market and Analysis Overview.
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