This comparative technology study provides technology data for RF front-end modules in smartphones. The report includes at least 16 front-end modules and several components found in five flagship smartphones: the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Huawei P9, LG G5 and Xiaomi Mi5.
After teardowns of a large variety of smartphones, we have extracted and physically analyzed the main RF modules. We have studied their sizes and technologies, and present a large panel of OEM technical and economical choices and an overview of the market. The major players remain Broadcom/Avago and Qorvo but there are several other players, including Skyworks, Murata, Epcos/TDK, and we have analyzed their products.
The report includes a description of each component and statistical analyses for most front-end modules. It also tries to explain the OEMs’ choices and supplier tendencies. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module analyses are not covered in this report.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7, Huawei P9, LG G5, Xiaomi Mi5