An RF circulator is a passive, three-port electronic device that allows signals to flow in one direction only through its ports. Circulators are used in microwave and RF systems to direct signals from one port to another without allowing the signal to escape from the device. An RF isolator protects RF components in a system from excessive signal reflection. It is a two-port device and a non-reciprocal device that ensures all the power is transmitted from port 1 to port 2. They protect the sensitive components as RF isolators are placed at the front of sensitive components to avoid unwanted signals from damaging sensitive components. They are used in RF circuit design and prevent component from undesired reflection and test & measurement in electronics, IT, telecommunications, and healthcare sector. Innovations in the semiconductor industry will pave the way for better and improved RF isolators.
For instance, MACOM, a developer and manufacturer of radio, microwave, and millimeter wave semiconductor devices and components, offers isolators and circulators. These products have low insertion loss and high isolation and are combined with good inter-modulation performance for base station development
The global RF isolators and circulators market was valued at US$ 1,538.5 Mn in 2021 and is expected to reach US$ 2,394.7 Mn by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 5.2% between 2022 and 2030.
Global RF Isolators and Circulators Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic :
COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the production of various products in industries, mainly owing to the prolonged lockdown in major countries. The production across industries has been limited due to the pandemic resulting in the shortage of raw material for the RF isolators and circulators market. Manufacturers of semiconductor have partially resumed manufacturing operations, as demand of semiconductor is gradually increasing after Covid-19 pandemic. However, manufacturers are making substantial moves to ramp-up their operations and purchase raw materials, though it is going to be a high pressing issue in a short-order timespan.
Global RF Isolators and Circulators Market - Restraint
Fluctuation in the prices of raw materials adversely affect the global RF isolators and circulators market. Due to the fluctuation of raw material prices, it is difficult for companies to develop and manufacture cost-effective RF isolators and RF circulators. Moreover, isolators and circulators require heavy raw material quantity for its production.
Among end user, the telecommunications segment held a dominant position in the global RF isolators and circulators market in 2021
The telecommunications segment held a dominant position in the global RF isolators and circulators market in 2021, accounting for more than 25% share.
Figure 1: Global RF Isolators and Circulators Market Share (%), By End User, 2021
The telecommunication segment is expected to witness significant growth in the global RF Isolators and circulator market. RF circulators and isolators are typically used to protect sensitive receiver circuitry from high powered transmitter outputs, by separating the transmitter’s signals from the received signals at the input of the antenna.
High frequency segment is expected hold a dominant position in the market during the forecast period
On the basis of frequency type, the global RF circulators and isolators market is segmented into high frequency and low frequency. The high frequency segment held largest market share in 2021, owing to several benefits offered by this frequency range. For instance, RF Circulators Isolators INC., a manufacturer of ferrite devices in commercial market, offers RF isolators and circulators with frequency range from 48MHz to 20 GHz and almost 100% bandwidth.
|Base Year:||2021||Market Size in 2021:||US$ 1,538.5 Mn|
|Historical Data for:||2017 to 2020||Forecast Period:||2022 to 2030|
|Forecast Period 2022 to 2030 CAGR:||5.2%||2030 Value Projection:||US$ 2,394.7 Mn|
ADMOTECH, Cernex Inc, Quantic Corry, DiTom Microwave, ECHO Microwave, JQL Technologies Corp, Kete Microwave, L-3 Narda, M2 Global Technology, Microwave Communications Laboratories Inc, , Mercury Systems Inc., Mesa Microwave, Microwave Devices Inc., Electro Technik Industrtries, Inc, Orion Microwave Inc. and others.
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Figure 2: Global RF Isolators and Circulators Market Value (US$ Mn) Analysis and Forecast, 2017 - 2030
Major players operating in the global RF isolators and circulators market include ADMOTECH, Cernex Inc, Quantic Corry, DiTom Microwave, ECHO Microwave, JQL Technologies Corp, Kete Microwave, L-3 Narda, M2 Global Technology, Microwave Communications Laboratories Inc, , Mercury Systems Inc., Mesa Microwave, Microwave Devices Inc., Electro Technik Industrtries, Inc, Orion Microwave Inc. and others.
The growth of the Global RF isolator and circulator market can be attributed to the increasing demand for wireless communication and the rising number of cellular subscribers across the globe. In addition, the growing adoption of small cell base stations is also fueling the growth of the Global RF isolator and circulator market. Furthermore, advancements in the semiconductor industry will pave the path for enhanced RF isolators. Additionally, growth in the power industry coupled with the increased use of waveguide circulators in various industries propel the growth of the Global RF isolator and circulator market. As RF circulator and isolator offer better power efficiency, more reliability, and less expensiveness. So power industry adopt more RF circulators and isolators.
For instance, in April 2019, Skyworks, an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors connecting people, places and things has announced two small circulators for the 3.5 GHz 5G infrastructure band. This compact RF isolator and circulators demonstrate unique capabilities to enhance network efficiency and deliver higher capacity.
The global RF isolator and circulator market is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period, owing to rising new product innovation by companies. RF circulators used as duplexer in telecom industry to share common antenna between transmitter and receiver. Furthermore, key players such as Molex, a company that innovating electronic products for industries such as automotive, healthcare, consumer and data communications offer 6000 variants of RF Isolator and RF Circulator with frequency range from 380 MHz to 40 GHz. Furthermore, Companies such as Mercury Systems, Inc., Jie Kao Ao (JQL) Electronics, RTx Technology Co., Ltd and others also provide Custom designed circulator and isolator that match customer-specified mechanical, electrical and operational parameters.
Moreover, companies such as PE Pasternack offer single junction and dual junction circulator and isolators such as RF Circulator Isolator, Inc. Dual junction circulators are often used in high-end T/R modules. This dual junction circulator majorly used in fighter jets as in fighter jets performance is main preference than price.
Key features of the study:
“*” marked represents similar segmentation in other categories in the respective section.