Small-cell chip market CAGR at 50%, says firm

10/17/2011 Peter Clarke The semiconductor market for femtocells and picocells will grow by a factor of ten from 2011 until 2016 when it will be worth $1.3 billion, according market forecasting company Mobile Experts LLC. The market, which includes multi-core…

10/17/2011

Peter Clarke

The semiconductor market for femtocells and picocells will grow by a factor of ten from 2011 until 2016 when it will be worth $1.3 billion, according market forecasting company Mobile Experts LLC.

The market, which includes multi-core processors, transceivers, amplifiers, filters, and TCXOs, will grow at more than 50 percent each year, the firm predicts.

“The average selling prices of semiconductors such as processors and power amplifiers will be increasing over the next few years, due to rapid growth in high-capacity, carrier-class small cells,” said Joe Madden, principal analyst with Mobile Experts in a statement.

“While the residential femtocell market will continue, we predict bigger growth in HetNet [heterogeneous networks] applications with small cells that are an integral part of the network. Mobile operators are focusing more attention on carrier femtocells and picocells to boost capacity in high-density urban areas. The high reliability and interoperation of these capacity cells will drive the industry to use a different group of semiconductor vendors and different software solutions.”