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Software Defined Radio (SDR) - Global Market Trajectory & Analytics

  • ID: 2255358
  • Report
  • September 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 573 Pages
  • Global Industry Analysts, Inc
Pandemics such as the current COVID-19 carry huge business risks as repressive measures stifle innovation, choke growth, erode profitability, and dry up financial reserves and cash flow. Among the many industries and markets reeling under this impact is Software Defined Radio (SDR). A revised outlook under the current scenario projects the global market size reach US$24. 8 billion by 2027. The corona virus pandemic will slowdown technology innovation, and consumer appetite for new technologies. Technology upgrade plans will either be shelved or delayed as companies go into survival mode cutting down all non-critical and CAPEX heavy investments. A fallen global economy with a -3% negative growth in GDP is not a conducive environment for innovation or business investments. As governments break the piggy bank fighting the pandemic and as federal deficits widen and fiscal coffers deplete, widespread reductions in public spending budgets will be inevitable. Defense budgets, for instance, will be slashed worldwide, impacting orders for SDRs in military communications. The recession will also impact opportunities in the industrial and commercial space. The commercial aviation industry is already on the brink of collapse as a result of the unprecedented prolonged transportation and travel restrictions. Opportunities in this sector in the coming months will quickly evaporate. With non-essential commercial and industrial operations shut down, radio communication systems for field workers will recede from importance in the near-term. Upgrade plans for traditional land mobile radio (LMR) systems will be delayed and shelved. Only communication applications in pandemic response plans will buck the decline as countries desperately plan for effective pandemic management.

Software Defined Radio (SDR) is defined as a radio where all physical layer functions are software defined. SDR operates on software-defined wireless communication protocols rather than hardwired implementations. This allows users to upgrade the air interface protocol, functionality and frequency band by simply downloading and updating the software instead of replacing the hardware. Being software-configurable, SDR software updates are implemented via modifiable firmware or software. SDRs are built upon processing technologies such as digital signal processors (DSP), field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), programmable System on Chip (SoC), general purpose processors (GPP), or any other programmable, application-specific processors. In SDR, though the hardware remains the same, software upgrades lends the radio compatible with different frequencies such as ultra-high frequency communicating with very high frequency, thus providing cross-functionality in radio communications. SDR technology offers software control of various modulation, capacity enhancement, and interference management techniques over different frequencies and ensures secure communications management. SDR helps in placing most of the complicated signal handling required in communications transmitters and receivers into the digital signal processing (DSP) format. A primary benefit of SDRs is cost effectiveness. Since traditional radios are hardware-based, production costs tend to be higher with high flexibility issues when support for multiple waveform standards was required. In contrast, software-defined radio is a comparatively inexpensive and more efficient technology solution, allowing multi-band, multi-functional, and multimode wireless devices, which can be optimized using software upgrades. Given the many advantages of SDRs, In the post COVID-19 period the market will regain lost ground and will find expanding applications in a range of industries such as aerospace, automotive, public safety, military, wireless LAN/WAN, homeland security, military & commercial satellites, telecommunications, transportation, short range communication, and cellular handsets and base stations.

Competitors identified in this market include, among others:
  • Array Systems Computing, Inc.
  • BAE Systems PLC
  • Bharat Electronics Limited
  • Datasoft Corporation
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • Epiq Solutions, LLC
  • Ettus Research
  • FlexRadio Systems, Inc.
  • Harris Corporation
  • Microtelecom Srl
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Rockwell Collins, Inc.
  • Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co KG
  • SDRplay
  • Signalscape, Inc.
  • Thales Defense & Security, Inc.
  • ViaSat, Inc.
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I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & REPORT SCOPE

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. MARKET OVERVIEW
  • Software Defined Radio: Revolutionizing Radio Communications through Cross-Functionality
  • A Review of SDR’s Technology Prowess
  • SDR Market: Prospects and Outlook
  • JTRS, Hardware and High-Frequency Segments Dominate SDR Market
  • Ground-based SDR Systems Hold Significant Share
  • Aerospace & Defense Sector Remains Primary End-User of SDRs
  • Developed Economies Lead Market
  • Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic and Looming Recession
  • Competition
  • Recent Market Activity
2. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS

3. MARKET TRENDS & DRIVERS
  • Dependency of Military Communications on Software Communications Architecture (SCA) Sustains SDRs Market
  • Defense Budgets Allocations Set the Foundation for the Growth of Military SDRs
  • Defense Spending Trends Set Demand Dynamics for SDRs in Military Radio Communications: Military Expenditure Worldwide in US$ Billion for the Years 2001 through 2018
  • Projected Defense Budget in US$ Billion for the Years 2019, 2021 and 2023
  • Leading Countries Ranked by Defense Budgets in US$ Billion for 2018
  • Joint Tactical Radio (JTR) Radios Replace Traditional Radios in the Military Sector
  • SDR for Integrated C4ISR
  • Investments in Public Safety and Disaster Preparedness Provides Opportunity for Growth
  • Number of Terrorist Incidents and Terrorism-related Deaths Worldwide: 2011-2018
  • SDRs Grow in Importance for Industrial, Homeland Security, and Commercial Applications
  • Adoption of Land Mobile Radio in Commercial & Industrial Sectors to Expand the Addressable Opportunity for SDRs
  • Increasing Focus on Workplace Safety Spurs Investments in Commercial LMR Radios
  • Wireless Radio Base Stations Evolve towards SDR Based Architecture
  • Software RAN Enables Reduction in Base Station Costs
  • Virtualized Base Station: A Key Benefit of SDR-Based Software RAN
  • SDR Rises in Popularity among Hobbyists & DIY Hackers
  • Growing Interest in Flexible In-Vehicle Radio Platform Offers Opportunities for SDRs in the Automotive Industry
  • SDR Emerges as a Key Technology for Creating Reliable and Robust Connected Car Environment
  • Car-to-X: An SDR-Enabled Communication Technology
  • SDR Provides Support for Internet of Things
  • Rising Demand for Next-Generation IP Systems: Opportunity for SDR Market
  • SDR Vital for Safety in Aviation End-Use Sector
  • SDR Architecture for Next Generation Space Communications
  • Key Drivers of Space Communication Architecture
  • SDR and Cognitive Radio Technology Hold Promise for 5G Networks
  • Increased Use of SDR for Remote Spectrum Monitoring & Surveillance and TSCM
  • Growing Demand for Cognitive Radio Spurs SDR Market Growth
  • Innovations & Advancements
  • Product Overview
  • Software Defined Radio: An Introduction
  • Evolution of Software Defined Radio
  • SpeakEasy Phase I
  • SpeakEasy Phase II
  • Historical Timeline of SDR Technology
  • Components of SDR
  • Advantages of SDR
  • Comparison of SDR with Other Radios by Application
  • Comparison of SDR with other Radios by Design
4. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE

III. MARKET ANALYSIS

GEOGRAPHIC MARKET ANALYSIS

UNITED STATES
  • Market Overview
  • Market Analytics
CANADA

JAPAN

CHINA

EUROPE

FRANCE

GERMANY

ITALY

UNITED KINGDOM

SPAIN

RUSSIA

REST OF EUROPE

ASIA-PACIFIC
  • Market Overview
  • Market Analytics
AUSTRALIA

INDIA

SOUTH KOREA

REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC

LATIN AMERICA

ARGENTINA

BRAZIL

MEXICO

REST OF LATIN AMERICA

MIDDLE EAST

ISRAEL

SAUDI ARABIA

REST OF MIDDLE EAST

AFRICA

IV. COMPETITION
  • Total Companies Profiled: 50
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