SAN JOSE, Calif. Digital cable TV (CATV) services will require high-end infrastructure components based on gallium arsenide (GaAs) devices for the foreseeable future, according to Strategy Analytics.
By 2009, GaAs-based MMICs and hybrids will account for 75 percent of the total semiconductor content in CATV infrastructure markets, with demand growing at an annual clip of 18 percent, according to Strategy Analytics (Boston).
In contrast, the CATV market for silicon semiconductors will only grow at an annual clip of 3 percent through 2009.
The North American and Asia Pacific regions will drive CATV infrastructure rollout, accounting for 89 percent of new digital CATV subscribers in 2009. This will drive demand for system amplifiers and line extenders used in CATV networks to steer content to the consumer. These system amplifiers and line extenders use a mix of silicon and GaAs-based parts.
"North America will lead the world in the move to high definition TV (HDTV). Delivering this content via cable will require an upgraded network," said analyst Asif Anwar of Strategy Analytics, in a statement. "Asia-Pac will be driven specifically by China, which has ambitious targets for digital TV rollout."