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WLAN semiconductor market to hit $1.1B in '07

Posted: 30 Jun 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:idc? wlan? semiconductor?

The worldwide WLAN semiconductor market will increase at a 13 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2002 to 2007, reaching $1.1 billion in revenues by 2007, according to a report from IDC. During the same period, shipments are seen to increase nearly five-fold, reaching 114 million units shipped in 2007.

"The next several years are going to witness rapid development of a WLAN infrastructure, which in turn will generate considerable demand for WLAN semiconductors," said Ken Furer, analyst with IDC's semiconductor research program. "However, IDC expects the market will peak in 2005 as price erosion from aggressive competition and more advanced CMOS integration will begin to slow sales growth. The market will remain fairly flat throughout the rest of the forecast period as saturation is achieved in the key target applications."

IDC further said that the high attach rate for embedded WLAN inside mobile PCs will remain the leading driver for shipment growth. Meanwhile, WLAN adoption in other consumer devices, including STBs, DVD players, and gaming consoles, is seen not to drive demand during the forecast period.

802.11g is also expected to take a big bite out of 802.11b sales in 2003, while dual-band solutions (802.11a+b/g) is predicted to come on strong by 2005.

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