Why Is mmWave Trending in Radiofrequency Semiconductor Market?
Why Is mmWave Trending in Radiofrequency Semiconductor Market?
he major factors leading to the rising demand for radiofrequency (RF) semiconductors are the increasing popularity of smartphone.

The major factors leading to the rising demand for radiofrequency (RF) semiconductors are the increasing popularity of smartphones, enhancements in the wireless communication technologies, and escalating adoption of the internet of things (IoT). As a result, from $2.1 billion in 2019, the RF semiconductor market will witness an 8.8% CAGR during 2020–2030 (forecast period), to reach $5.0 billion by 2030. Made of semiconductor materials, such components enable RF communication in an array of sectors.

The material segment of the market is classified into indium phosphate, gallium arsenide, gallium nitride, silicon, and silicon germanium. Among these, during the historical period (2014–2019), the largest share was held by the gallium arsenide category because RF semiconductors made from this material consume less power, account for low power dissipation, can tolerate high temperatures and voltages, and are highly efficient. The gallium nitride classification will witness the fastest market growth till 2030 on account of this material’s high strength, which makes it suitable for satellite, aerospace, and defense purposes.

The categories under the component segment of the RF semiconductor market are power amplifiers, filters, tuners, low-noise amplifiers, switches, and others. The power amplifiers category dominated the market in 2019, as these components are crucial for telecommunication equipment and consumer electronics. Thus, the rising demand for smartphones, laptops, surveillance systems, networking equipment, and IoT devices is driving the market. The highest CAGR during the forecast period is predicted to be experienced in the tuners category due to the high importance of tuners in mobile communication equipment and for high-speed data transmission.

A key trend in the RF semiconductor market is the usage of mmWave for 5G telecommunications. The increasing mobile data consumption is driving the demand for a greater bandwidth, which has put the existing telecommunication technologies under immense pressure. Hence, the need for a technology that can support higher rates of data transmission and a larger bandwidth has significantly increased. Therefore, with a frequency band range of 24–300 Gigahertz (GHz), mmWave offers more coverage, improved performance, and smooth connectivity. 

One of the strongest factors propelling the growth of the RF semiconductor market is the rising demand for smartphones. As per the GSM Association, there were 3.5 billion smartphone connections around the world, and the smartphone penetration rate was 45%. With economic growth, smartphone sales are increasing in India, Nigeria, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, and other developing countries. Moreover, according to a survey conducted by the World Advertising Research Center (WARC), by 2025, 72.6% of the internet users worldwide will access it on their mobile phones.

A key opportunity area for the RF semiconductor market players is the rising adoption of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). With the increasing incidence of road accidents, the government of many countries has made the integration of ADAS in automobiles mandatory. The idea is to offer the driver assistance and information about the road traffic and conditions, considering that most of the accidents are a result of human errors. Therefore, with the increasing adoption of ADAS, coupled with the rising vehicle sales, the demand for RF semiconductors will grow.

In 2019, Asia-Pacific (APAC) was the largest RF semiconductor market owing to the increasing population and economic prosperity leading to rapid growth in the telecommunications and consumer electronics industries. Moreover, the swift digitalization, surging adoption of the IoT technology, and growing usage of video streaming platforms are driving the market in the region. Further, other applications of such instruments, including smart farming, building security systems, smart utility meters, commercial satellite imaging, and home automation, are finding more takers.

Therefore, with the rising demand for equipment that allows for telecommunication, the sale of RF semiconductors will keep escalating.

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