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Built-in automotive WiFi gaining traction

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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As more automobiles become wirelessly connected, WiFi chip revenues are increasing. According to In-Stat, chip revenues from cars will reach $100 million by 2015. But this figure is a small portion of what In-Stat expects will be a billion unit market for WiFi chips by 2012.

"The cost of adding mobile hotspot ability to a broadband-capable system, such as OnStar, is only roughly $25 per car or less," said Allen Nogee, principal analyst, In-Stat. "Ford has announced it is doing just that, adding WiFi to all SYNC-2-equipped vehicles starting this year," he added.

The market watcher notes that automotive is one of the areas that will see fastest WiFi growth in the next five years. Other areas are mobile Internet devices, e-readers and DVD/Blu-Ray players.

Cellphone handsets have passed notebook PCs as the largest market for WiFi chips, the report said, indicating that these two segments are expected to each have revenue of more than $1 billion in WiFi chips in 2015.

Other emerging drivers will be personal media players and DTVs, In-Stat said.

- Rick Merritt
EE Times

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