As Director for the GaAs & Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service, Eric Higham provides analysis of the dynamics and trends for processes, technologies and components in wired and wireless communications markets. His areas of research include 3G and emerging 4G wireless networks, fiber optic networks, CATV, millimeter wave communications, broadband, military radar, EW and communications applications. Prior to joining Strategy Analytics, Eric worked in a variety of engineering, business development and marketing roles for Raytheon, Micro-Dynamics and M/A-COM. In these positions, he participated in the emergence and growth of the commercial wireless industry. Eric was most recently President and founder of Spectrum Business Development, where he developed market and product research for a variety of market applications. After over three decades in the semiconductor field, he brings a deep understanding of the technical and market trends in the GaAs and compound semiconductor sector. Eric holds an MSEE degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a BSEE degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
As 5G network and device deployments increase, the electronics industry is realizing that this is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is these new applications will increase quantities at a time when the market is flattening. The curse is that backhaul requirements create more optical backhaul and transport opportunities. This presentation explores drivers and trends for data traffic and the impact on GaAs content in front-ends. It will also address the GaAs opportunities in fiber transport applications and assess the GaAs foundry capabilities in this supply chain versus the pure-play RF GaAs foundries.