Attenuators are passive devices that are used to reduce or weaken the amplitude of a signal as it passes through a component. They are mostly used when the application requires lowering the signal level, such as the antenna input of a sensitive radio receiver. High-power attenuators have an average power rating of 100 watts and a power handling capacity of 2,000 watts or higher. Their two main components are a dummy load and variable wattage-splitter control. The majority of them also include heat dissipation components such as fans and heat sinks.
RF attenuators are widely used in wireless systems to protect them from receiving signals with too high a power level to process. The advancement of wireless communication technologies has an impact on every component in the RF/microwave signal chain, increasing the demand for RF attenuators industry. Furthermore, the requirement for higher frequency and power specifications in a small package with advanced control mechanisms has compelled manufacturers to develop and design novel solutions.
The global RF attenuators market is segmented on the basis of operating type, type, connector type, application, industry, and region. Based on operating type, the market is divided into fixed, switched, and variable. In terms of type, the market is categorized into chip-based, and waveguide. On the basis of connector type, the market is divided into Type N, SMA, TNC, DIN, and others. On the basis of application, the market is divided into unidirectional and bidirectional. On the basis of industry, the market is divided into science & research, consumer electronics & musical instruments, broadcasting & networking, aerospace & defense, and others. Geographically, the market is analyzed across several regions such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America, Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).
COVID-19 Impact Analysis
The decline in the manufacturing of rotary dial, connectors, and other electronic gadgets has a significant impact on RF attenuators market growth due to COVID-19 pandemic. The electronics and semiconductor manufacturing industries have been harmed by disruptions in raw material supply, temporary shutdown of manufacturing units, inadequate finance, and weak consumer demand. It has three major effects on the RF attenuators market share, directly impacting production and demand, causing supply chain and market disruption, and financial impact on businesses and financial markets. Revenue declines and shutdowns due to health concerns have significantly hampered RF attenuators production and also hampered RF attenuators market growth.
Top Impacting Factors
High-power attenuators are an essential component of any system where voltage reduction is critical. This reduction is required to ensure that high-voltage signals do not damage any electrical device. As a result, high-power attenuators are preferred in test and measurement, broadcasting, and networking applications. Furthermore, high-power attenuators play an important role in impedance matching in these applications. For example, when the output of a device is fed into an RF mixer, impedance matching becomes critical as RF mixers are match-sensitive and their performance can suffer as a result of poor matching. As a result, attenuators are regarded as an ideal device for improving impedance matching.
During the forecast period, the aforementioned factors are expected to drive the global RF attenuators market size. The increasing complexity of equipment is making it difficult for high-power attenuators to keep up with constantly changing technologies. Furthermore, test and measurement equipment manufacturers are constantly demanding an increase in power-handling requirements for a variety of applications. Manufacturers of high-power attenuators have begun to invest in research, testing, and custom manufacturing techniques to meet these requirements. This restraint is expected to have a medium impact in the short term and a low impact in the second half of the RF attenuators market forecast period.
New Product Launches to Flourish the Market
In July 2021, APITech, a leading provider of high-performance RF and microwave signal conditioning, announced the release of a new line of cryogenic attenuators. APITech's proprietary thin film cryo attenuators are optimized for cryogenic refrigeration systems used in quantum computing installations and are available in frequency ranges ranging from DC to 40 GHz and with 2.92mm, SMA, and SMPM connectors. Their new cryo attenuators have been tested to a temperature of four milliKelvin. They are able to optimize the resistor material and substrate as well as the mechanical design using their in-house resistor fabrication process to deliver a thermally quiet attenuator solution that works at cryo temperatures.
Surge in Usage in Broadcasting and Networking Sector
Both developed and developing countries are experiencing technological advancements in networking and communication. As a result, there is a growing demand for high-performance, low-power networking devices. The introduction of 5G technology and increase in the deployment of LTE and LTE-advanced networks are expected to provide opportunities for growth in the global broadcasting and networking equipment industry. During the forecast period, this is expected to drive the global high-power attenuator market.
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Key Market Players
ROHDE & SCHWARZ, Radiall Group, Microsemi Corp, Pasternack Enterprises, Millimeter Wave Products Inc., Inc., JFW Industries., AVX (Kyocera Group), Inc, Advanced Technical Materials Inc., Sage Millimeter Inc., Weinschel Associates