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WLAN chip sales to hit $1.7B by '07

Posted: 15 Jul 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cir? wlan? network ic? network chips?

Market research firm CIR forecasts that the market for WLAN chipsets will expand from $938 million in 2003 to $1.7 billion in 2007. CIR claims that the key drivers for this growth will be the ability of WLANs to enable business users and consumers to avoid the high costs of cabling and of moving PCs attached to conventional LANs.

The CIR survey further reveals that OEMs/ODMs place a high value on WLAN chipsets that offer enhanced transmission range and receiver sensitivity. CIR believes that this could be an important source of competitive advantage for smaller chipset manufacturers trying to compete with the likes of Agere, Atheros, Broadcom, Intel, Intersil, and Texas Instruments.

According to the report, there will be significant demand from consumers for WLAN-capable flat-screen displays that connect to DVD players or HDTV feeds via a wireless connection. By 2007 CIR expects the market for video-enabled WLAN chipsets to be about $350 million.

Further, chipset manufacturers are seen to be well served by focusing on the enhanced security and switching needs of the business WLAN market. Chipsets for WLAN switching hubs alone are predicted to be worth almost $160 million by 2007.

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