ABI forecasts wireless to grow by billions

The market for wireless power products, including gallium arsenide (GaAs) integrated circuits (ICs) and transistors, and silicon power modules and transistors, will grow from $1.7 billion in 1999 to $5 billion in 2004, according to a recent study by Allied Business Intelligence (ABI). According to ABI, “Early growth will be driven by the use of GaAs IC power amplifiers in the fast-paced cellular/PCS handset market. Wireless broadband strategies, such as local multipoint distribution systems (LMDS) and third-generation (3G) cellular systems, will spur significant growth in the latter part of the study period.” GaAs ICs represent 53 percent of the total RF power product market. The segment is experiencing the highest annual growth of any of the considered devices.

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