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Bluetooth semiconductor market makes solid growth

Posted: 31 Jul 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:in-stat? bluetooth? pmg? mobile gateway?

The Bluetooth semiconductor market has made solid progress in spite of economic ups and downs, reports In-Stat/MDR. The high-tech market research firm reports that final 2002 worldwide chipset shipments were 35.8 million units, resulting in 245 percent growth over 2001. In-Stat also reports a CAGR of 74 percent from 2002 to 2007.

Mobile handsets, led by GSM, are seen to remain a major driving force for Bluetooth. Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones have grown significantly, especially for embedded models, the market research firm announced. When the worldwide average cost for Bluetooth solutions dipped below $10, many more models entered the market offering Bluetooth connectivity.

In-Stat's research further shows that there are many European and Asian operators who see Personal Mobile Gateways (PMGs) as an opportunity to increase Average Revenue Per Unit (ARPU) that offer other means for service differentiation. Demand for PMG products and associated capabilities and services could provide another driver for Bluetooth-enabled products. PMG adds an application layer on top of the Bluetooth physical connection and existing profiles. Several PMG equipment models are expected by the end of 2003, as well as thin, or sleek, accessory devices.

Although Europe is presently the leader in terms of design decisions, it is no longer the leader in Bluetooth chipset shipments to that region for manufacturing, In-Stat observes. With an increase in expected production of headsets, notebook PCs, consumer products, and mobile phones in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China, Europe's share of shipments will erode, In-Stat predicts.

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