A surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter is a device in which the electrical input signal is transformed into a mechanical or acoustic wave using interdigital transducers on a piezoelectric substrate like quartz. Surface, acoustic wave filters are widely used in 2G receiver front ends and in receive filters and duplexers. The most common group of surface acoustic wave filters are bandpass filters, which are widely used in domestic TV and radio systems, including base stations and mobile phone handsets. The increasing use of SAW filters in communication technology is expected to drive the growth prospects of the global surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter market. Surface and acoustic wave filters are also increasingly used in various mobile phone applications for filtering purposes and offer advantages related to size and cost. SAW filters that operate in the gigahertz (GHz) range are widely used in mobile communication systems.
Surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters are extensively used in satellite broadcasting, cellular phones, wireless communication modules, and keyless entry systems. Therefore, the demand for SAW filters is much higher than that for other SAW devices like oscillators, resonators, and transducers. The increasing adoption of tablets, smartphones, and other touch-screen-based devices is estimated to uplift the surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter market during the forecast period. Touch screens are gaining traction across several verticals, including automotive, medical, consumer electronics, etc. The demand for SAW touch screens has increased rapidly as it has become an alternative to optical touch screens, which are relatively expensive. This, in turn, is facilitating the global expansion of surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters.
Based on geography, Asia Pacific holds the largest market share in the overall market for surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters. This dominance can be largely credited to the large base of consumer electronics and telecommunications companies, especially in countries including South Korea, China, Japan, and India. The Asia Pacific region is one of the fastest-growing consumer electronics markets worldwide and represents a positive outlook for market growth. Thus, Asia Pacific is expected to retain its dominance during the forecast period from 2018 to 2026. On the other hand, the surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter market in North America is expected to witness the fastest growth due to widespread demand for SAW filters in safety monitoring and military and defense applications. On the contrary, lack of compatibility and accuracy and the minimal scope of technological upgradation are the major restraining factors affecting the growth of the surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter market worldwide.
The global surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters market is segmented on the following basis:
- SAW transversal filters
- SAW resonator filters
- Aerospace & Defense
- Consumer Electronics
- Environmental and Industrial
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East and Africa
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East and Africa
Key players identified in the global surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter market include but are not limited to:
API Technologies Corporation, Infineon Technologies AG, ITF Co., Ltd., Kyocera Corporation, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Oscilent Corporation, Skyworks Solutions, Inc., Tai-Saw Technology Co., Ltd., Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd., and TDK Corporation, among others.