MANHASSET, N.Y. Sales of RF semiconductors used for basestations are expected to grow from $2.97 billion in 2005 to $3.96 billion by 2008, according to a report by Frost and Sullivan.
As wireless standards evolve, RF components add value and content to meet the newer standards, such as wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA), the company said.
"In basestations, integration has always been a problem due to the performance requirements. Hence, in order to have good performance, there has to be individual ICs," said Frost and Sullivan analyst S. Nagarajan. "But over the last few years, many semiconductor companies have been able to build monolithic solutions that occupy smaller space and are of low cost."
Besides WCDMA, competing standards such as EDGE and 4G will raise the bar for basestation semiconductor content. Another driving factor will be the convergence of video, voice, and data on the same system, known as triple play, according to the report.