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In-Stat: WLAN-enabled CE shipment to top 419M by 2015

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WLAN? consumer electronics? wireless connection?

Many portable consumer electronic (CE) products include WLAN connectivity using the available standards 802.11b/g, 802.11n and the forthcoming 802.11ac. Devices classified as stationary CE products, such as TVs, DVD/Blu-ray players and digital photo frames, now offer also wireless connection to the Internet or a home network. Even though the WLAN attach rates of these stationary devices remain low compared to their portable counterparts, CE product shipments are expected to exceed 419 million by 2015, according to the latest research from In-Stat.

"WLAN connectivity in portable CE devices is not a novel idea and, in fact, an absolute requirement in most cases," said Frank Dickson, vice president of research at In-Stat. "What is new is the growth in stationary CE WLAN-enabled devices. The global embedded base of web-enabled and smart CE devices is predicted to grow substantially over the next five years, providing the connectivity necessary to support IP-based video content. Smart CE devices actually go one step further, offering online applications."

The In-Stat research noted that by 2015, e-readers and the 802.11ac standard in notebooks will have an attach rate of 90 percent and 57 percent, respectively. By 2014, handheld game consoles will have an 802.11n attach rate of 32 percent and over 54 million WLAN-enabled digital TVs will be shipped by 2013.

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