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802.11n to drive Wi-Fi chip market this year

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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

Worldwide Wi-Fi IC shipments in 2009 increased approximately 28 percent y-on-y, according to data from ABI Research. Total revenue achieved an estimated CAGR of 18 percent between 2009 and 2014.

"Despite the uncertain macroeconomic situation, total market demand for Wi-Fi ICs is expected to keep growing" says industry analyst Celia Bo. "The demand for Wi-Fi ICs in mobile devices and consumer electronic devices are the two key engines for Wi-Fi IC's market growth."

In recent years almost all laptops, netbooks, mobile Internet devices and smartbooks have shipped with Wi-Fi embedded, a trend that will continue for some time to come. Wi-Fi IC placement in mobile handsets grew by more than 50 percent in 2009 and Wi-Fi-enabled handsets will account for 40 percent of the total of handsets shipped in 2014. Beyond the already established segments, portable media players with Wi-Fi have also seen strong growth which will continue through 2014.

More and more consumer electronic devices, such as digital still cameras, digital camcorders, TVs, DVD players, STBs are adopting Wi-Fi. The total shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled consumer electronic devices increased 33 percent in 2009 compared to 2008; the products with fastest-growing attach rates are digital camcorders, TVs and STBs.

"The most significant variation in Wi-Fi enabled products is the protocol type of the embedded Wi-Fi," adds practice director Philip Solis. "802.11g has had the highest attach rate over the past few years, accounting for 50 percent of total Wi-Fi IC shipments in 2009. But 802.11n revenue surpassed that of 802.11g in 2009 as a result of higher ASPs; and 802.11n shipments will surge ahead of 802.11g starting this year. Between 2009 and 2014, unit shipment CAGR is forecast to reach 41 percent."

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