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Wi-Fi finds growing market in consumer electronics

Posted: 27 May 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi? consumer electronics? network?

Wi-Fi is fast becoming a must-have feature across a range of devices, as network connectivity migrates into the living room. This is according to an In-Stat report, which stated that DTVs, Blu-ray players, and portable media players are among the leading categories in terms of total volume and growth.

Shipments of DTVs with Wi-Fi will grow more than ten-fold, from under 5 million units in 2009, to more than 60 million units in 2014. Driving this shift is both unit growth of the digital TVs, as well as Wi-Fi attach rates that increase from just 4 percent in 2009 to 33 percent in 2014. Across all stationary consumer electronics, which includes STBs, game consoles, Blu-ray players, digital picture frames, among other devices, Wi-Fi-enabled devices will exceed 200 million units by 2014.

"Wi-Fi swept through the computing market, driven by the need to access and share broadband connectivity," says Frank Dickson, In-Stat's VP of research. "That same consumer desire is now resulting in Wi-Fi adoption across the entire range of connected consumer electronics, driving significant Wi-Fi volumes. The ubiquitous adoption of Wi-Fi in consumer electronics is Wi-Fi's manifest destiny."

The report also found that mobile handsets will remain the highest volume Wi-Fi-enabled device throughout the forecast period, while Internet tablets with Wi-Fi, including Apple's iPad, will grow to nearly 50 million unit shipments by 2014. The Wi-Fi device total available market is forecast to exceed 3 billion unit shipments by 2013.

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