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Mobile WiMAX fueling growth of chipset market

Posted: 30 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile WiMAX WiBro? 802.16d WiMAX chipset?

The global WiMAX chipset market is set to reach 21 million units in 2011, growing from 300,000 chipset units in 2006, reported market research firm In-Stat, with growth being driven by the emergence of mobile WiMAX applications.

Vendors of ICs for fixed WiMAX applications have redirected their efforts to mobile WiMAX since about the middle of 2006, said In-Stat. The majority of WiMAX chipsets produced in 2005 and 2006 were 802.16d-compliant and aimed at fixed WiMAX. A small percentage of chipsets produced early in 2006 were used in early WiBro (mobile WiMAX) devices.

"Fujitsu, Intel, Sequans and Wavesat were the fixed WiMAX baseband market leaders in 2005 and 2006; all have since shifted focus to mobile WiMAX," said Gemma Tedesco, as In-Stat analyst, in a statement. "In addition, fixed WiMAX radio providers Sierra Monolithics and Analog Devices have announced mobile WiMAX solutions."

Intel Corp. has been working for years to build up the WiMAX vendor ecosystem and Sprint's announcement that it would build out a mobile WiMAX network was a huge boost for the movement overall, and has in turn put much pressure on mobile WiMAX solution vendors.

Baseband vendors Beceem and Runcom are leaders in mobile WiMAX, and are powering some of the early WiBro devices. Other baseband vendors aiming at mobile WiMAX include Altair Semiconductor, Amicus, ApaceWave and Redpine Signals. RF IC providers who have jumped straight into the mobile WiMAX market include NXP, GCT Semiconductor and AsicAhead.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times

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