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SA: WLAN GaAs ICs Booming

Strategy Analytics says GaAs ICs will come to dominate WLAN power amplifiers and switches, as the market grew 139% in 2003

September 23, 2003

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LONDON -- The new Strategy Analytics, GaAs and High Speed Circuits (GaAs) service report, "GaAs Device Demand from WLAN Applications," forecasts 139 percent growth in the WLAN GaAs IC market in 2003, and a compound annual average growth rate of 21 percent through to 2008.

Switches and power amplifiers will represent the main opportunities for GaAs devices. By 2008, GaAs power amplifiers will account for 67 percent of the 177 million units shipped. Strategy Analytics predicts that all WLAN switch ICs will use GaAs technology, with dual-band systems that cover 5GHz and 2.4Ghz frequencies incorporating up to two switches per system.

"Harmonization of worldwide 5GHz WLAN operation, and a rapid move towards dual-band systems incorporating 802.11a/g combo devices, will provide the momentum for the GaAs IC market," noted Asif Anwar, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics. "The power amplifier, in particular, will be a bright spot."

"ANADIGICS, Microsemi and Raytheon are the early leaders in the WLAN GaAs power amplifier market," observed Stephen Entwistle, Vice President, Strategic Technologies Practice. "RF Micro Devices and Skyworks are the market leaders for GaAs power amplifiers for cellular handsets, and the WLAN market will be their next target."

Other key findings from "GaAs Device Demand from WLAN Applications" include:

  • The overall market for RF and associated chips for 802.11, including power amplifiers and switches, will grow from $487 million in 2002, to $637 million in 2003; and

  • By 2008, dual-band 802.11a/g combo devices will make up more than 75 percent of the devices shipped.

Strategy Analytics Inc.

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