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Market Trends: Challenges of 5G RF Front-End Adoption

Published: 14 May 2018

ID: G00355789

Analyst(s): Jon Erensen


Complexity of RF front-end design in mobile devices is driving the bill of materials higher and disrupting the market for component vendors. Technology strategic planners at mobile device OEMs must prioritize RF front-end capabilities when deciding on chipset providers for 5G mobile devices.

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Market Trend

  • Higher Data Requirements Drive RF Front-End Content
    • Migration From 2G/3G to 4G LTE and 5G
    • Design Shift to Global Phones From Regional and Carrier-Specific Phones
    • Lines Blur Between Chipset Providers and RF Front-End Providers
  • Different Front-End Requirements for 5G
    • Sub-6GHz 5G
    • mmWave 5G
    • IoT 5G

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