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2.4GHz products to dominate wireless HID sector

Posted: 26 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless HID? ABI Research? Bluetooth? Wibree?

There will be a market shift for the wireless human interface device (HID) segment in 2008 as shipments of 2.4GHz-based products will outstrip those running at 27MHz. Driving this change is the wholesale product changes made by major OEMs, according to market research firm ABI Research.

From over 100 million units in 2005, the total market for wireless HID will grow to over 168 million units in 2012 at a CAGR of 8 percent, forecasts ABI Research. By 2011, shipments of 2.4GHz products will be three-times more than their 27MHz counterparts.

Some wireless HID products are eyed to employ communication methods such as Bluetooth. Reflecting on this, the firm's research director Stuart Carlaw said, "Bluetooth still does not have price points low enough to allow it to penetrate much outside of its present territory: products aimed at smartphones, and mice for use with Bluetooth-enabled laptops. The narrowing cost differential between 2.4GHz and 27MHz ICs and the improved range of 2.4GHz mean that 2.4GHz products are well positioned to take advantage of the growing need to support media center PCs with rich navigational solutions such as Vista's Side Show."

Carlaw added that Wibree is a wildcard in the development and growth of this market. "While Wibree is interesting and may have significant potential," he says, "it is still very new, and the jury remains out on the question of whether it can make significant inroads in the wireless HID market."




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