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Cellular use dominates power amp market

OYSTER BAY, N.Y.-Cellular networks continue to dominate the total market for power amplifiers, but future growth of other wireless technologies will offset that dominance in the future, according to new research from ABI Research.

Shipments of power amplifiers into cellular networks represented 68 percent of the total market for power amplifiers in 2003, according to ABI. By 2008, however, shipments to cellular networks are expected to represent 49 percent of the power amplifier market.

ABI believes some of the decline in power amplifiers for cellular networks is due to gains in other markets including Wi-Fi, broadband wireless technologies like WiMAX/802.16, military applications and avionics. Together, those segments will represent the remaining 51 percent of the market in 2008, according to ABI.

“Though many niche opportunities exist in this marketplace, the real bread and butter will continue to be cellular. Despite a declining share, markets for cellular power amplifiers are characterized by global standards and global ubiquity making this segment the most contested,” said ABI’s Edward Rerisi. “If a company can develop a stronghold in the market for handset or infrastructure amplifiers, they can leverage this strength to push into the emerging areas, potentially thwarting competition.”

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