As numerous standards emerge in the wireless market the requirement of these new standards from the RF semiconductor content, in terms of improved linearity and additional RF circuits, needs to be included to support the demands of the emerging standards. This increases the RF semiconductor content and its value. Every country follows one or more existing wireless standards and is on a constant basis migrating to the evolving standards. Therefore, the RF components need to evolve to keep pace with the demands of newer standards.
These advancements in RF semiconductors lead to higher priced devices and hence more value to RF semiconductors. One of the new standards taking off in a big way all over the world is the wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA). It is also called the third generation cellular standard. With this trend a fair share of semiconductors are likely to be used in base stations to support this standard. This factor is expected to have impact on the market for the next few years.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (semiconductors.frost.com), World Handset Base Station Semiconductor Market, reveals that the market earned revenue of $2,973.8 million in 2005 and estimates to reach $3,959.7 million in 2008.
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“In base stations integration has always been a problem due to the performance requirements. Hence in order to have good performance there has to be individual IC's,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst S. Nagarajan. “But over the last few years many semiconductor companies have been able to build monolithic solutions which occupy smaller space and are of low cost. There have been trends of trying to put more circuitry on a single board. This trend is likely to continue in the future too and is likely to impact the market in a positive manner.”
The new trend of converging video, voice and data on the same system, also known as ‘triple play’, is proving to be another significant driver for the xDSL market. While telecom companies wish to add IP television (IPTV) to their services, cable television companies are hoping to offer voice services.
The mobile communication industry is continuously seeing the emergence of new competing standards like WCDMA, EDGE, 4G technologies, etc. With the emergence of the new competing standards the base stations have to be upgraded to meet the requirements of that particular standard. For example the WCDMA is a high data rate standard, which requires more processing power. Hence the Baseband and the RF components of the base station have to be upgraded to meet the high data rate, bandwidth and processing speed requirements.
Semiconductor manufacturers can overcome this fear by making their designs flexible in such a way that the components can meet the requirements of the new standards or technologies initially. This helps them give time for coming up with new solutions for the new technologies. Also the designs should be that the components could be easily upgradeable to meet the new requirements.
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