12 January 2011

Microelectronics segment of compound industry ends 2010 strongly

Evidenced by continued quarterly revenue growth and numerous product introductions by most companies, the microelectronics segment of the compound semiconductor industry ended 2010 on a strong note and is poised for continued growth in 2011, according to the recently published viewpoint ‘Compound Semiconductor Industry Review September–November 2010: Microelectronics’ from the Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductors Service, which captures product, financial, contract and technology announcements for microelectronic firms during that period.

“Compound semiconductor device use is driven by the strong consumer electronics market recovery, along with continued spending in the aerospace and defense markets,” notes Eric Higham, director of the Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service. “GaAs devices remain the most prevalent compound semiconductor option, but several recent product announcements will increase demand for SiGe and GaN devices,” he adds.

The market research firm’s viewpoint summarizes financial reports from major GaAs and silicon suppliers including RF Micro Devices, Skyworks Solutions, Hittite, Anadigics and NXP. It lists more than 50 product announcements aimed at a variety of commercial and military end applications, using gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium nitride (GaN), silicon germanium (SiGe) and complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technologies. It also captures significant contract, technology and employment developments in the industry.

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