With the prediction that 5g mobile phones will be shipped about 1.5 billion pieces in 2025, the market of RF components belonging to 5g applications is of great strategic significance. So, what is the share of 5g patent companies? Huawei ranks first. Let's get to know.
RF front end module (RF FEM) is one of the key components of 5g application, and the market will be highly affected by the new standard. But which companies hold these patents? This is a key question that knowmade answers in the new version of mobile RF front end modules for cell phones - patent landscape analysis.
The telecommunication revolution at the beginning of the 21st century triggered the development and diffusion of a large number of communication equipment. According to recent estimates, almost everyone on the planet has a mobile phone. One of the impacts of this significant growth is the accompanying demand for data transmission, which leads to the need to increase the radio spectrum. In fact, there are more than 30 frequency bands & ndash; since the four frequency bands in 2000, and this number will increase again with the arrival of 5g. In order to manage these frequency bands, significant development has been seen in the field of mobile RF module.
At present, we are taking the first step towards 5g network. It is expected that 5g will become the standard of RF communication by 2020. The fifth generation cellular networks are expected to be launched in the next two to five years, realizing a large number of new applications and services, as well as data transmission rate of gigabits per second. One of the key drivers of developing this speed is the demand for high-resolution (resolution) video on mobile devices (obtaining image quality of 4K and 8K or more). In addition, future applications, such as mobile driven augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), will benefit greatly from this technical capability. In addition, the data generated by the Internet of things (IOT) terminal equipment will also need to be transmitted through the cellular network. As a result, global mobile data traffic will grow at an amazing CAGR of more than 40% from 2017 to 2022.
According to yole D & eacute; velocity (learn more about the analysis of mobile RF front-end modules and components in 2017 and the influence of 5g on RF front-end industry analysis, please go to: 5g & rsquo; S impact on the rffront end industry), the RF front-end module market of 5g mobile phones is expected to reach 7.8 billion US dollars in 2020 and 35.3 billion US dollars in 2025, with a compound annual growth rate of 35% from 2020 to 2025. As 5g faces strong technical challenges, it may reshuffle and change the pattern of mobile telecom market, so intellectual property strategy is very important to ensure that enterprises have a dominant market position in the next few years.
In its new patent analysis report, knowmade thoroughly investigated the patent situation of RF FEM dedicated to mobile applications. Through a detailed analysis of the patent portfolio, knowmade also assessed the intellectual property status of the main participants, including the legal status, geographical coverage, claimed invention content and their existing technical contributions. In addition, knowmade has also studied the IP intellectual property strategy and IP anti blocking potential of major market participants, as well as their IP product portfolio related to solving 5g application challenges, such as multi input multi output MIMO, beamforming, carrier aggregation, millimeter wave and other technical solutions.
The most important results are as follows: as of 2017, more than 500 patent applicants have published more than 1380 RF front-end module inventions in the world. In the late 1980s, patent activities related to RF FEM emerged, including Alcatel, Motorola, Panasonic and other mobile phone pioneers. The intellectual property activities of RF FEM have been closely related to the development of new standards since then. For example, the first increase in patent issuance in the 2000s was in line with the democratization of mobile phones and the arrival of 2G and 3G standards.
Since 2010, with 3G deployment and market integration (2008-2012), 4G and the imperative 5g (need to develop new technologies) have restarted patent activities. At present, the mobile RF FEM related intellectual property pattern is driven by market leaders. The M & A activity has consolidated the patent portfolio of major players in the industry, such as Qualcomm Qualcomm, Broadcom Broadcom, skyworks, and Murata. Surprisingly, some industry participants focusing on integrated process (i.e. LG Innotek, Samsung Electromechanical, Hon Hai, etc.) are also the top 20 patent applicants in RF. In addition, the rapid development of R & D activities of Chinese enterprises has promoted the old enterprises to actively deploy and protect their inventions and markets. Interestingly, oppo is the 20th most important applicant, while Apple is not even in the top 20.
It is speculated that Broadcom, Qualcomm, qorvo, skyworks and Nokia have the highest patent portfolio blocking potential. However, the most important part of the knowmade analysis is the subject of patents. Carrier aggregation and MIMO receiver / transmitter are the subject of the most relevant patents among all the patents analyzed by knowmade, but this is not surprising because they are all the main issues of 5g. However, it is surprising that important new trends related to millimeter wave communication are not the subject of many related patents at present. This means that it is either a very complex research and development theme, and the companies developing this block lack innovative solutions, or there are many patents to be published, and we are currently in the 'gray area' on the eve of release.
With 5g becoming a key market at the device, module and system level, you can expect a fierce patent war between industry participants! This new report from knowmade will guide you to the latest developments.