Compound semiconductor makers focus on growing high-frequency market

February 8, 2012 — Handset products dominate compound semiconductor revenue, but microelectronics companies focus development on high-performance, high-frequency applications where volumes are lower and products are differentiated by performance, reports Strategy Analytics. These markets include defense, test and measurement, very small aperture terminal (VSAT), and microwave radios.

"In addition to military applications, which require high-frequency broadband performance, there is a growing number of VSAT and microwave radio applications operating at higher frequencies," noted Asif Anwar, director, Strategy Analytics Strategic Technologies Practice.

Also read: Packaging for microwave and millimeter wave components by Ronald O. Bub, StratEdge

The Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service (GaAs) viewpoint, “Compound Semiconductor Industry Review July-September 2011: Microelectronics,” captures product, technology, contract and financial announcements for companies, such as RFMD, Skyworks Solutions, ANADIGICS, Agilent, Hittite Microwave, TriQuint Semiconductor, Avago, NXP Semiconductors, Microsemi, Renesas Electronics and Murata Manufacturing. This viewpoint summarizes financial, product, contract and employment developments from major compound semiconductor device suppliers, addressing a variety of commercial and military applications that use gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium nitride (GaN), Silicon carbide (SiC), silicon germanium (SiGe) and complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technologies.

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides market intelligence on Automotive Electronics and Entertainment, Broadband Connected Home, Mobile & Wireless Intelligent Systems and Virtual Worlds. For more information, please visit

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