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Wi-Fi 802.11n chips to surpass 802.11g by 2010

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi? 802.11n? consumer electronics?

With growth rates well over 100 percent in 2010, shipments of Wi-Fi chipsets based on n/802.11n will surge ahead of those based on 802.11g, according to a new In-Stat report. 802.11n is ahead in nearly every equipment category, but unit volume is being driven by shipment growth in mobile handsets and notebook PCs. The report forecasts that total Wi-Fi chipset revenue will pass $4 billion by 2012.

"802.11n chipset revenue will surpass that of 802.11g this year as a result of higher Average Selling Prices (ASPs)," says Victoria Fodale, In-Stat analyst. "ASPs for draft n/802.11n chipsets are complex, as there are more options that can impact prices. These options include support for the 5GHz spectrum and the number of data streams, which can range from 1 to 4."

STBs currently have the largest adoption of Wi-Fi in non-portable consumer electronics applications. By 2013, shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled TVs, however, will exceed shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled STBs, the report said.

Although there have been draft n/802.11n shipments in most markets for some time, the report said that first shipments of draft n/802.11n-enabled portable CE equipment will come in this year. These shipments will be dominated by personal media players. Digital still/video cameras will make up the majority of the remaining of draft n/802.11n-enabled portable CE equipment shipments in 2009.

In 2008, Wi-Fi chipsets in mobile handsets grew by more than 51 percent. By 2010, In-Stat anticipates that this category will consume in excess of 20 percent of total Wi-Fi chipset shipments.

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