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Wi-Fi chipsets to exceed 1B units by 2012

Posted: 23 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Wi-Fi has achieved ubiquity. The number of applications and devices in which Wi-Fi appears has kept expanding. Not only is Wi-Fi currently in almost every smartphone sold, but in almost every handheld game, tablet, notebook computer, or laptop computer sold. Add in a host of new applications including automotive, digital cameras, E-readers, Blu-ray and personal video recorders (let's not forget new medical and industrial applications as well) and with every device, there is now a Wi-Fi chipset. The outcomethere is no mystery to In-Stat's forecast that Wi-Fi chipsets will pass one billion units shipped annually by 2012.

Principal analyst for In-Stat, Allen Nogee cites, "While traditional products like routers, access points, and business gateways are not growing at past rates, many new markets for Wi-Fi chipsets have emerged that more than off-set these slowdowns." He adds, "Cellular handsets alone will account for almost $2 billion worth of Wi-Fi chip revenue."

The In-Stat research discovered that as the notebook PCs once "was" the market for most Wi-Fi chipsets, handsets have now passed notebook PCs. It reveals that most Wi-Fi chipsets currently support the 802.11n standard, but the 802.11ac and 802.11ad standards will eventually become the predominant technology.

The firm projects that devices with the largest revenue growth rate over the next five years will include mobile Internet devices, automotive applications, E-readers, and DVD/Blu-Ray players. For notebook computer and mobile handset categories, each is expected to have revenues of over $1 billion in 2015.

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