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18 July 2011

RF & power electronics opportunities for GaN market growth

Last year marked the start of a ramp-up of GaN microelectronic products from multiple vendors for commercial applications, including cable TV and power management, says market research firm Strategy Analytics.

Early market pioneers that have targeted high-value RF applications have recently been complemented by companies offering both D-mode and E-mode GaN-on-silicon products aimed at power conversion applications, the firm adds.

“While initial commercial offerings for RF applications focused on lower-frequency applications (in the L-, C- and S-bands), we expect to see additional opportunities emerging for higher-frequency application, with commercial satcoms a potential prime target,” comments Eric Higham, director for Strategy Analytics’ GaAs & Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service.

Defense markets will also continue to command a significant proportion of the early market for GaN devices, with development on next-generation radar, electronic warfare and communications systems providing continued demand, the firm concludes.

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