The Global CMOS Power Amplifier Market, By Module (GSM/EDGE, UMTS, LTE, CDMA 2000, TD-SCDMA and FOMA/Others), By Application(Smart phone, Feature Phone, Connected Tablet and Others),and by Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, APAC and MEA) - Global Forecast to 2027”, is expected to be valued at US$ 5,323.2million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 15.6 % during the forecast period (2019-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.
A radio frequency power amplifier is a type of electronic amplifier that enables conversion of low-power radio-frequency signal into a high power signal. Power amplifiers are manufactured using various semiconductor technologies such as gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium nitride (GaN) or complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS). CMOS technology enables integration of transceiver and power amplifier in a single chip. It provides benefits such as low-cost, low power consumption and high-yield among others to power amplifiers. CMOS power amplifiers are used for GSM/EDGE, LTE, CDMA 2000 and other wireless communication standards. It finds application in devices such as smartphones, features phones, and connected tablets.
The global CMOS Power Amplifier market is estimated to account for US$ 1,674.3 Mn in 2019 is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 15.6% during the forecast period.
Advantages offered by CMOS technology are expected to propel growth of the global CMOS power amplifier market over the forecast period
CMOS power amplifier offers various advantages such as low power consumption, high-yield, high-integration of systems on chip (SoC), and efficient switched-mode amplifier. Furthermore, it is more cost-effective technology as compared to other technologies for radiofrequency (RF) front-end circuits such as silicon bipolar, Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), and BiCMOS. This is due to use of single-chip solution. Moreover, technological advancements have facilitated CMOS RF circuits to deliver performance comparable to GaAs, BiCMOS, and silicon bipolar technologies. Therefore, these factors are expected to boost growth of the global CMOS power amplifier market during the forecast period.
Introduction of IOT in connected devices is expected to offer major growth opportunity in the near future
Advent of internet of things (IoT) has led to various technological advancements and miniaturization of many devices and resulted enhanced connectivity. Devices used to today facilitate users to transmit and download videos and data faster than previous models of mobile devices. However, these devices need power amplifiers that can provide better coverage and consume less battery power. This, in turn, is increasing adoption of CMOS technology. Hence, these factors are expected to preset lucrative growth opportunities over the forecast period.
Technological drawbacks related to CMOS technology are expected to hamper the global CMOS power amplifier market growth during the forecast period
CMOS power amplifier is cost-effective though certain disadvantages such as non-linearity, low breakdown voltage, lack of high-voltage capacitors, and RF model inaccuracies are hindering its adoption. Furthermore, inherently inadequate linearity of CMOS power amplifiers can result in distortion, which is not an ideal choice for modern high-PAR (peak-to-average ration) modulation techniques. In fact, CMOS amplifiers result in high development costs and necessitate longer time to manufacture as compared to other technologies. Hence, these factors are expected to restrain the market growth over the forecast period.
Key players in the market are focused on development of advanced CMOS power amplifiers
Major technologies in North America are focused on development of advanced CMOS power amplifiers, which in turn, is driving the regional market growth. Companies such as Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Broadcom Ltd., Texas Instruments Inc. and ACCO Semiconductor Inc. are currently developing advanced CMOS power amplifiers for application in smartphones and connected tablets that are compatible with 3G and 4G networks. These companies are developing advanced CMOS power amplifiers to overcome low voltage breakdown and linearity issues related to initial CMOS technology. For instance, in February 2016, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. introduced 40 MHz envelope tracker, which is designed to enhance battery life of 4G + smartphones. Furthermore, in October 2015, ACCO Semiconductor, Inc. launched ‘AC26120’, which is a CMOS multi-mode, multi-band power amplifier for smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices.
Increasing proliferation of 4G networks combined with increasing adoption of smartphones in emerging economies such as Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina are expected to support adoption of CMOS power amplifiers in the region. Furthermore, government authorities in these countries are licensing new spectrums for mobile services, in order to capitalize on the growing traction towards 4G services. Therefore, Latin America is expected to provide major growth opportunities for CMOS power amplifier vendors and manufacturers in the near future. For instance, in 2016, the government of Argentina, in collaboration with telecom operators, campaigned to trade user’s 2G and 3G phones for 4G phones in order to promote penetration of 4G (LTE) technology in the country.
Key players operating in the global CMOS power amplifier market are ACCO Semiconductor, Inc., Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., Skyworks Solutions, Inc., Qorvo, Inc., Toshiba Corporation, Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Broadcom Ltd., and DSP GROUP.