Digital phase shifter is a type of control device that changes the phase of RF, microwave or millimeter wave signals with practically negligible attenuation. These devices are programmable or can be controlled via a computer interface. Digital phase shifters have a variety of applications, including RF power amplifier linearization/RF distortion, amplitude and phase modulation, variable attenuators, and fiber optics. Different types of digital phase shifters such as 4-bit, 5-bit, 6-bit, and 8-bit digital phase shifters, etc. are used for telecommunication, vsat communications, navigation, and radar. A digital phase shifter consists of high performance GaAs switches, low/high pass filter, and integral TTL driver. GaAs switches have little power consumption, fast switching time, and extremely low switching transients. Depending on their end-use, different kinds of digital phase shifters are used for different applications. For example, 8-bit digital phase shifters are designed to be used in a broad range of applications including beam forming networks, active antenna systems, distributed antenna systems, and phased array applications.
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Global Digital Phase Shifter Market: Dynamics
Digital phase shifter is an essential device used across various end-use industries such as telecommunication, aerospace and defense, weather, etc. An increase in demand from various end-use industries including aerospace, mobile, mobile broadband, internet, satellite, and fixed broadband sector is one of the crucial factors boosting the demand of digital phase shifters, which in turn, is propelling the overall growth of the global digital phase shifter market. That apart, continuous development in information technology sector is pumping their growth in the global market.
One of the key challenges faced by the digital phase shifter is that it is difficult to maintain linearity which provides near constant phase shift over an octave in these devices. Usage of technologies such as UltraCMOS technology, an advanced form of SOI, is the key trend observed in the global digital phase shifter market. This technology has proved to be quite effective at solving digital phase shifter market’s biggest challenge, which is linearity. Digital phase shifters, with phase range of 90, are used in wireless communication for single side band generation, image rejection, and IQ modulation. Hence, 90° digital phase shifters are in high demand.
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Global Digital Phase Shifter Market: Segmentation
The global digital phase shifter market can be segmented on the basis of number of bits, phase range, applications and end use industries. On the basis of number of bits, the global digital phase shifter market can be segmented into 4-bit, 5-bit, 6-bit, 8-bit and others (1-bit, 10-bit, 12-bit, etc.). On the basis of phase range, global digital phase shifter market can be segmented into less than 45°, 45°, 90°, 180° and 360°. On the basis of applications, the global digital phase shifter market can be segmented into communication, microwave instrumentation and measurement, navigation, electronic warfare and phase cancellation, and radar systems. On the basis of end use industry, global digital phase shifter market can be segmented into aerospace & defense, network infrastructure (telecommunication, radio, television, weather radar system, etc.), and other industrial applications (e.g. healthcare).
Global Digital Phase Shifter Market: Region-wise Outlook
The global digital phase shifter market is segmented into 5 key regions. These are categorized as — North America, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe. North America and Europe are anticipated to remain the key regions in the global digital phase shifter market throughout the forecast period. Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa and Latin America are expected to be the emerging markets as the large population in these areas will increase the pressure on the existing telecommunication infrastructure, which in turn, will lead to an increase in demand for global digital phase shifters.
Global Digital Phase Shifter Market: Market Participants
Some of the well-known market participants involved in the manufacturing of digital phase shifters include MACOM, Analog Devices, Inc., Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., TriQuint Semiconductor, GT Microwave Inc., Pulsar Microwave Corporation, Mercury Systems, Inc., Planar Monolithics Industries, Aelius Semiconductors Pte. Ltd., Astra Microwave Products Limited, Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Custom MMIC, Dbwave Technologies CO.,LTD, Lorch Microwave, Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., Qorvo, Inc, SAGE Millimeter, Inc., Telemakus LLC., United Monolithic Semiconductors, Vaunix Technology Corporation,etc.