Increasing Smartphone Penetration Fueling Demand for RF Transceivers

Published Apr 5, 2022 

Anany Joshi
By Anany Joshi

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The mushrooming utilization of smartphones is one of the major factors fueling the demand for radiofrequency (RF) transceivers across the globe. In the recent years, the penetration of smartphones has grown massively both in the developed and developing countries. As per the State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report 2019 published by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), 3.5 billion people all over the world use smartphones currently, and these devices are the primary medium for accessing the internet.

Apart from the above-mentioned factor, the growing adoption of the internet of things (IoT) and advanced mobile communication technologies such as 5G and 4G are also propelling the demand for RF transceivers. This is, in turn, fueling the growth of the global radiofrequency (RF) transceiver market. According to the estimates of the market research firm, P&S Intelligence, the market value will fall from $3,892.1 million in 2019 to $3,384.5 million by 2030, due to the declining prices of RF transceivers.

Additionally, the falling demand for 2G and 3G technologies is also contributing toward the reduction in the market value. Furthermore, the market will exhibit a CAGR of 0.8% between 2020 and 2030. 5G, 4G, 3G, and 2G transceivers are the most commonly used RF transceivers across the world. Out of these, the demand for the 4G transceivers was found to be the highest in 2019, due to the replacement of the 3G technology with the 4G one in various countries.

In terms of design, RF transceivers are classified into single-chip and standalone-chip transceivers. Between these, the sales of the single-chip transceivers were observed to be higher in the years gone by. These transceivers consume lesser power than the standalone-chip ones and were thus, extensively used for low-voltage operations in wireless devices. Furthermore, these transceivers are increasingly being used for telemetry communication and wireless body area network (WBAN) in the healthcare industry.