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Software-defined radios (SDRs) is a collection of hardware and software technologies, wherein some or all of the radio’s operating functions are implemented through modifiable software or firmware operating on programmable processing technologies. SDR devices include general-purpose processors (GPP), field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA), programmable System on Chip (SoC), digital signal processors (DSP), or other application-specific programmable processors. Increasing the use of such technologies allows new wireless features and capabilities to be added to existing radio systems without requiring new hardware.
Introduction of the smart processing to software-defined radios, cognitive radio (CR) enables flexibility and suitable in the efficient applications of the radiofrequency spectrum and creates opportunities for new services to users. SDR comprises a wireless communication system that can reconfigure by changing the software used to implement functions typically done by hardware in conventional radio. SDR transmitter includes software that is used to perform different types of modulation procedures, while DACs and ADCs are used to change from one type of signal to another. SDR receiver uses an ADC to improve the analog signals from the antenna into digital signals that are processed using software on a general-purpose processor.
Key Market Driver -
Growing adoption of SDR in telecommunication drive the growth of this market.
Key Market Restraint -
Major security concerns and use of various types of modems create interoperability relate issues that hampers the growth of this market.
The major applications include the integration of wireless medical devices in a common communication platform for seamless interoperability and cognitive radio (CR) for body area networks (BANs) and wireless sensor networks (WSNs) for environmental, military, and other commercial surveillance applications.
Globally, the software-defined radio market has been segmented by application, by type, by component, by platform, by frequency band, and by region. By application, the market is segmented into defense and commercial. The commercial segment is dominating and expected to show significant growth in this market during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the wide expansion of telecommunication and transportation, which are easily upgradeable and provide high data transmission rate. An increase in the adoption of communication technologies for military applications drives the growth of the defense segment.
By platform, the market is divided into land, airborne, naval, and space. The land segment is further divided into fixed and mobile platforms. The land segment is dominating due to increased use for tactical military communication in the defense sector. The new generation software-defined radios incorporate a wideband networked waveform that can provide networked-connectivity to the battlespace, at the same time, offers compatibility with the current waveforms used in the defense forces.
By frequency band, the market is segmented into HF, VHF, UHF, and other bands. The UHF frequency band is the dominating segment in the software-defined radio market owing to its usage in commercial communication. Other bands also show significant growth due to increasing adoption for military applications.
By component, the market is segmented into a transmitter, receiver, software, and auxiliary system. The hardware segment that consists of a transmitter and receiver is the dominating segment due to the increased use of hardware systems in the telecommunication system. The software segment witnessed a significant growth due to the introduction of advanced software in defined radios.
By type, the market is classified into a joint tactical radio system, cognitive radio, and terrestrial trunked radio. The cognitive radio segment shows significant growth due to an increase in cognitive radio from commercial, civil, and defense sectors that are expected to drive this segment. Rising demand for mission-critical communication and transition of radio communication devices from analog to digital drives the growth of the terrestrial trunked radio Segment
The major companies in the global software-defined radio market include Northrop Grumman (The U.S.), BAE Systems (The U.K.), Leonardo (Italy), Harris Corporation (The U.S.), Aselsan (Turkey), Elbit Systems (Israel), Rohde and Schwarz (Germany), Thales Group (France), Rockwell Collins (The U.S.), and General Dynamics (the U.S.), and among others.
Geographically, the software-defined radio market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and the Rest of the world. The Asia Pacific region is to witness the fastest growth in the software-defined radio market during the forecast period. The growing demand for military equipment, new product development, and demand for advanced technologies is supporting the growth of the SDR market, particularly in Asia Pacific region.
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North America also shows significant growth due to the adoption of advanced technological products and the expansion of the telecom industry. The presence of key companies such as BAE Systems (The U.K.), Thales Group (France), Leonardo (Italy), and others drive the growth of the European software defined radio market. Middle East shows moderate growth due to the increasing use of SDR for commercial and defense applications.
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