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Bluetooth semiconductor market to hit $2.6B in '06

Posted: 04 Nov 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:bluetooth semiconductor? idc? cellular handset? notebook pc?

After a notoriously delayed start, the Bluetooth semiconductor market is now prepared to achieve significant growth. According to IDC's report "Worldwide Bluetooth Semiconductor Forecast and Analysis, 2001-2006," the market is expected to reach $2.6 billion in revenue by 2006, up from $76.6 million in 2001. Widespread adoption is expected to begin next year.

"IDC forecasts Bluetooth will become a checklist item within cellular handsets, handhelds and notebook PCs, especially as the roll-out of 2.5G/3G cellular networks and improved coexistence with 802.11b/g wireless LAN spark accelerated adoption," said Ken Furer, analyst for IDC's semiconductor research.

The largest segment within the forecast period is predicted to be cellular handsets with 51 percent of Bluetooth revenues in 2006; this includes both add-on and embedded chips. "Add-on modules will still represent the majority of Bluetooth semiconductor revenues for the next couple of years; however, embedded form factors will become predominant by 2005," said Furer.

Headsets used primarily for cellular handsets will grow to be the second largest segment, with its projected $440 million value. Completing the top-five technologies are desktop PCs, notebook PCs and accessories.

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