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Wi-Fi chipset sales to reach 120 million units in 2005

Posted: 02 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi? In-Stat? Wi-Fi Alliance?

Wi-Fi technology has seen its annual unit sales grow to more than 100 million chipsets in six years, according to new data released by In-Stat and the Wi-Fi Alliance, and is now a staple of computer networking and a powerful presence in millions of homes and businesses.

According to the press release from Wi-Fi Alliance, the 100 million chipset milestone for 2005 was quickly passed and the explosive 64 percent average yearly growth rate reflects the transforming nature of Wi-Fi and the value of interoperable, standards-based technology.

"Wi-Fi has already crossed the 100 million unit sales mark for 2005, and we forecast shipments of approximately 120 million chipsets this year," said Gemma Tedesco, senior analyst at In-Stat. "This is a significant milestone for such a young technology, and the Wi-Fi Alliance has played a strong role in helping Wi-Fi gain traction."

The Wi-Fi Alliance, which coined the term Wi-Fi, provides testing and certification programs to ensure the interoperability of products based on the IEEE 802.11 standard. More than 2,200 products have been Wi-Fi certified since March 2000.

"Wi-Fi has truly come of age," commented Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "Today, more than 90 percent of notebook computers are Wi-Fi enabled, and as we look ahead, there are seemingly limitless opportunities due to the insatiable consumer and enterprise demand for the technology."

"We expect the next milestones will come even faster as Wi-Fi becomes integrated into consumer electronics and mobile handsets and more people around the world experience the benefits of Wi-Fi certified products," added Hanzlik.

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