While microwave and millimeter wave high-power vacuum electron devices
(VEDs) remain "below the radar" of many industry observers, the total
available market (TAM) for this segment is over $1 billion.
Despite its size, and although these tubes remain essential elements in
specialized military, scientific/medical and space communications
applications, this market is generally under-reported and poorly
understood by those not directly involved in it.
Essentially, this is now a stable industry after several rounds of
consolidation in recent years. ABI Research Director Lance Wilson says,
"There is potential for some further consolidation, but there are no
signs of that happening yet. However one new RF semiconductor technology
- gallium nitride - will change the landscape but has not yet done so to
any large scale. While it is not yet near monopolizing the microwave RF
power industry, GaN is advancing steadily and is a technology that
should be closely watched, as it will be a threat to some aspects of the
microwave and millimeter wave VED marketplace."
Wilson continues, "The size of this historic market continues to
surprise everyone and its longevity and firm resistance to RF power
semiconductor encroachment is as surprising; however, that will be
changing as GaN devices move up in frequency and power."
"These specialized vacuum electron devices may at first seem
anachronistic," he adds. "But in some cases there is no other way to
generate such high levels of RF power within an acceptably small space.
Certain microwave and millimeter wave VEDs can generate megawatts, and
it would take tens of thousands of transistors to do that."
ABI Research's recent study "Microwave and Millimeter Wave High-Power
Vacuum Electron Devices: Changes are Looming on the Horizon" examines
the microwave and millimeter wave high power vacuum electron device
market and assesses how gallium nitride (GaN) devices could affect that
business. It will be of interest to organizations involved in defense
electronic, energy and scientific research, and spacecraft electronics,
as well as VED manufacturers, RF power semiconductor users and
manufacturers, and government.
These findings are part of ABI Research's High-Power
RF Active Devices Market Research (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/service/high-power-rf-active-devices/).
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