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Competitive and Cooperative Strategies of RF Front-End Vendors in Emerging Communications Market

  • Report

  • 25 Pages
  • July 2019
  • Region: Global
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
  • ID: 4807920

As a key component in wireless communications, the RF (Radio Frequency) front-end module allows simultaneous transmission and reception of the wireless signal. The RF front-end module market is currently dominated by Broadcom, Skyworks, and Qorvo which possess important design and process technologies. This report reviews these three brands business' operations and analyzes their cooperative and competitive strategies for the 5G phone, national defense, and Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) 6 markets.

List of Topics

  • Cost breakdown of RF components including filter, power amplifier, and other components such as LNA, duplexers/multiplexers, and RF switches.
  • Business operations of Broadcom, Skyworks, and Qorvo, with comparison in terms of business scale, revenue, key customers, and technological development
  • Product strategies of Broadcom, Skyworks, and Qorvo in the areas of 5G smartphone, national defense, and WiFi6.

Table of Contents

1. Architecture of RF Products
1.1 Cost Structure of Components
1.1.1 Filter
1.1.2 PA (Power Amplifier)
1.1.3 Other Components

2. Business Operations of Major RF Front-end Vendors
2.1 Business Scale: Broadcom is Ten Times Bigger than Skyworks and Qorvo in Value
2.2 Revenue Performance: Broadcom Tops, Followed by Skyworks, and Qorvo
2.3 Key Customers: Apple as Biggest Customer for Big 3
2.4 Technological Development: Broadcom Has Core Processor Capabilities, Qorvo Steps Up Investment in High-end Market

3. Strategies of Broadcom, Skyworks, and Qorvo for the RF Front-end Market
3.1 5G Smartphone Market
3.1.1 Skyworks Secures Partnerships While Qorvo and Broadcom Still Working on It
3.1.2 5G RF Modules Will be Highly Integrated
3.1.3 Power System and Heat Dissipation are Major Challenges
3.2 National Defense
3.2.1 Qorvo Leads in GaN Technology
3.2.2 Skyworks and Broadcom Yet to Develop Technology for the Defense Market
3.3 WiFi 6
3.3.1 5GHz and MU-MIMO are the Next Big Things in Wi-Fi
3.3.2 Broadcom Teams up with Skyworks While Qorvo with Qualcomm
3.3.3 Next-gen Wi-Fi Products Used in Smartphones, Homes, and Industrial Applications

4. MIC Perspective

Glossary of Terms
List of Companies

List of Tables
Table 1 Details of Sky5 5G Phones
Table 2 Details of Qorvo’s 5G Phones
Table 3 Details of Qorvo’s Defense Products
Table 4 Wi-Fi 6 Chips Developed by Broadcom and Qualcomm and Integrated with RF Modules

List of Figures
Figure 1 Structure of Wireless Communications System
Figure 2 Company Value of Broadcom, Skyworks, and Qorvo, 2015 - 2018
Figure 3 Sales Revenue of Broadcom, Skyworks, and Qorvo, 2015 - 2018
Figure 4 R&D Spending of Broadcom, Skyworks, and Qorvo as Percentage of Total Revenue, 2015 - 2018
Figure 5 Worldwide Smartphone Shipment Volume, 2015 - 2021

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company
  • Alpha
  • Avago
  • Broadcom
  • Conexant
  • GCS
  • H3C
  • Huawei
  • Infineon
  • Isolink
  • MediaTek
  • NEC
  • Netgear
  • Northrop Grumman
  • NXP
  • Qorvo
  • Qualcomm
  • Raytheon
  • RFMD
  • Samsung
  • Skyworks
  • TDK
  • TriQuint Semiconductor
  • Win Semiconductor


Primary research with a holistic, cross-domain approach

The exhaustive primary research methods are central to the value that the analyst delivers. A combination of questionnaires and on-site visits to the major manufacturers provides a first view of the latest data and trends. Information is subsequently validated by interviews with the manufacturers' suppliers and customers, covering a holistic industry value chain. This process is backed up by a cross-domain team-based approach, creating an interlaced network across numerous interrelated components and system-level devices to ensure statistical integrity and provide in-depth insight.

Complementing primary research is a running database and secondary research of industry and market information. Dedicated research into the macro-environmental trends shaping the ICT industry also allows the analyst to forecast future development trends and generate foresight perspectives. With more than 20 years of experience and endeavors in research, the methods and methodologies include:


  • Component supplier interviews
  • System supplier interviews
  • User interviews
  • Channel interviews
  • IPO interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Consumer surveys
  • Production databases
  • Financial data
  • Custom databases


  • Technology forecasting and assessment
  • Product assessment and selection
  • Product life cycles
  • Added value analysis
  • Market trends
  • Scenario analysis
  • Competitor analysis