The mobile handset RF component market has seen massive growth over the past five years, driven primarily from the consumers around the world switching from feature phones and low cost handsets to smartphones. Along with rapid smartphone adoption the rise of LTE technology has increased the complexity of the smartphone RF-front end. Over half of mobile handsets shipping in 2016 were LTE enabled as the high-end and mid-range smartphone product tiers have fully embraced the technology which has moved into the entry level smartphone and feature phone segments as well. The technology’s progression to LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro is underway and providing another boost to RF front-end complexity. Will this advancement of LTE be enough to reignite the past double digit growth of the RF components markets in years to come, or will market growth stall until the arrival of 5G or other revolutionary development?
In this report IHS Markit covers industry developments among major RF component suppliers, and how emerging technologies and shifts in product mix at the handset level are affecting the RF component markets. Forecasts of revenues from and shipments of major handset RF Components including, power amplifiers and power amplifier modules, switches and switch modules, duplexers and duplexer modules, and Tx/Rx filters are also provided.