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Global RF Market Developments in 2020 & Patent Portfolios of Leading Vendors; Qualcomm, Huawei and Samsung

  • Report
  • 19 Pages
  • August 2020
  • Region: Global
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
  • ID: 5145515

An Increasing Number of Leading Baseband Processor Vendors Has Made Inroads Into the RF Industry

The unique design and manufacturing processes of RF modules have resulted in an oligopolistic market. However, an increasing number of leading baseband processor vendors has made inroads into the RF market.

This report analyzes the market strategies of the top three vendors: Qualcomm, Huawei, and Samsung and explores their recent developments and their patent portfolios.

The report includes coverage on:

  • Development of the global RF market and analyzes newcomers & potential threats to traditional RF market
  • Three major baseband IC brands, Qualcomm, Huawei, and Samsung, and includes their development and motivation to expand reach to the RF market
  • Three major brands & patent deployment strategies and includes their patent portfolios related to RF

Table of Contents

1. Development of the Global RF Market
1.1 Newcomer Analysis
1.2 Potential Threats to Traditional RF Vendors
2. Current RF Market Status and Leading Baseband IC Vendors & Development
2.1 Market Development and Entry Motivation
2.1.1 Increase Sales with a Comprehensive Communications System Solutions
2.1.2 High Levels of RF Modularity to Enlarge Market Size
2.1.3 International Politics Forces Vendors to Expand Reach to the RF Market
2.2 Development of Leading Baseband IC Vendors
2.2.1 Qualcomm: Gains a Foothold with Early Entry
2.2.2 Huawei: US Ban Forces the Company to Focus on In-house Development
2.2.3 Samsung: Cuts into the Market from Base Stations
3. Leading Baseband IC Vendors & Patent Portfolios
3.1 Distribution of Patents Published by Top Three Vendors
3.1.1 Samsung and Huawei Have Similar Deployment Strategies
3.1.2 Qualcomm Holds More PA Patents While Huawei Focuses on High-frequency Waveguide
3.1.3 Huawei has Highly Concentrated Patent Portfolios Compared to Qualcomm and Samsung
4. Analyst's PerspectiveAppendixList of Companies
List of Tables
Table 1. Milestones of Qualcomm, Huawei, and Samsung in RF Front-end Solutions
List of Figures
Figure 1. III-V Compound Semiconductor Industry Chain
Figure 2. Division of Work across Wireless Communications System Industry Chain
Figure 3. Integration of Front-end Modules
Figure 4. Number of Patents Published by Qualcomm, Huawei, and Samsung between 2017 and 2019
Figure 5. Distribution of Patents Published by Qualcomm, Huawei, and Samsung by Class



Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Amkor
  • Apple
  • ASE
  • ASUS
  • AWSC
  • Broadcom
  • Chengdu HiWafer Technology
  • Cree Inc.
  • Dynax Semiconductor
  • Epcos
  • GCS Holding
  • Hisilicon
  • Huawei
  • II-VI Incorporated
  • IntelliEPI
  • LG
  • LMOC
  • MediaTek
  • Mitsubishi
  • Motorola
  • Murata
  • NXP
  • Oppo
  • Qorvo
  • Qualcomm
  • RF360
  • RichWave
  • Samsung
  • Skyworks
  • SPIL
  • Sumitomo
  • TDK
  • Visual Photonics Epitaxy
  • Wavetek
  • Win Semiconductor
  • Xiamen Sanan IC


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