The GaN share of RF power semiconductor revenues is expected to more than double between 2016 and 2022.
"GaN is again increasing its market share in 2017, and we believe it will be the major technology force in wireless infrastructure RF high-power semiconductors by 2022," says Lance Wilson, Research Director at ABI Research. "This now mainstream technology bridges the gap between two older technologies, exhibiting the high-frequency performance of Gallium Arsenide and power handling capabilities of Silicon LDMOS."
Outside of wireless infrastructures in the RF high-power semiconductor business, defense-oriented and commercial avionics/air traffic control market segments show the strongest performance.
"Despite the ongoing poor press for defense-oriented electronic hardware, the actual performance in 2016 was better than originally thought for some sub-segments," concludes Wilson. "In total, the defense-oriented and commercial ATC segments will be a significant long-term market and one to keep an eye on moving forward."