The MTTS 2010 IMS exhibition was very lively as it opened yesterday in Anaheim. The traffic was robust and the was mood upbeat as the industry seems to have shaken off the recession. There seemed to be a wide variety of new amplifiers available with very high linearity and efficiency. The improvements in modeling and matching have resulted in some really nice designs. There were also several suppliers with cellular band LNAs that have less than .5 dB noise figures. The larger component manufacturers seem to be filling out their portfolios to meet a wider variety of needs to satisfy as much of the block diagram as they can with their products. Several of the component manufacturers are also offering SMT filters as the frequency bands of many applications are now inferring with each other in smart device applications.
There is certainly high interest in smart grid/metering market along with the wireless consumer applications which are projected to grow rapidly. Also the higher frequency backhaul point to point radio market seems to be a prime target for component offerings. Strategy Analytics today released a report that shipments of short range gigabit radios for display links, HDMI cable replacement, streaming multimedia and last hundred meter Internet access will reach tens of millions of units per year in 2014 (short-range 60 GHz radio, 802.11n 4 x n / 802.11ac, inductive coupling, and proprietary ISM-band approaches such as WHDI).