Research firm, Strategy Analytics reports that the cellular power amplifier (PA) market grew 19 percent, to more than $3.3 billion in 2011. The company asserts that the increase in cellular terminal shipments to an estimated 2.3 billion units drove the growth.
According to Christopher Taylor, Director, Strategy Analytics RF & Wireless Components, “Grey market (illegal, or shanzhai) handsets grew, as did smartphones, cellular-enabled notebooks, netbooks, tablets, USB dongles and M2M devices. The average number of bands and modes supported by cellular devices also grew. This growth slightly increased the average number of PAs per cellular device in 2011, SA indicated. Strategy Analytics expects the non-handset segments of this market to contribute more than 40 percent of the demand in 2016.