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Wi-Fi products invade consumer electronics

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi? market forecast? consumer electronics?

InStat reports that Wi-Fi-enabled products are proliferating across nearly all categories, including computing, networking, consumer electronics and mobile devices. Over 1,000 new products were launched with Wi-Fi in 2008, and InStat forecasts even more will enter the market this year.

Among the key growth areas is stationary CE devices with Wi-Fi. Stationary CE devices include products that require access to a power source, such as TVs and digital photo frames. In 2008, manufacturers introduced nearly 100 new Wi-Fi enabled stationary CE products, up from 22 in 2007. Introductions are increasing in 2009, with over 55 in the 1H 09.

Digital photo frames and digital audio players with Wi-Fi were among the key device types to see a surge in product introductions in 2008 compared to 2007. In 2009, Wi-Fi enabled digital TVs are among the highest growth of new product introductions for stationary CE devices. Philips CE was among the most aggressive competitors, pushing an array of new Wi-Fi-equipped digital audio players and DTVs. In the digital photo frame category, adoption of Wi-Fi in 2008 new product introductions was broad-based across 17 different competitors.

The report also found that Hewlett Packard had the most Wi-Fi-enabled new product introductions of any manufacturer in 2008, and nearly tripled their new product introductions in 2008 compared to 2007. Cisco, on the other hand, led the market in 1H 09 with 802.11n-enabled product introductions overall, while Samsung Electronics led the market in 802.11n consumer electronics.

802.11 b/g solutions were still the dominant Wi-Fi technology in new product introductions in 2008, according to InStat. However, 802.11 Draft n 2.0 solutions are gaining rapidly, and are expected to become the most popular Wi-Fi technology across most product categories by the end of 2009. Philips, looking to grab a market leadership position in Internet-enabled TVs, released more Wi-Fi-enabled TVs than the rest of the market combined.

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