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Ultra Wideband Can Find Relief from CE Industry

September 1, 2003
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According to ABI, ultra wideband (UWB), a wireless technology based on modulated pulses of energy, stands to capture technology market share over the next several years in a variety of applications, especially the distribution of wireless video, audio and data, in-home and consumer networking devices. The lack of a standard is the single biggest shortfall to the development of a sustainable UWB market. "The FCC has spent over two years of extensive testing to devise a guide for the use of UWB," explains Edward A. Rerisi, director of research at ABI. "Until a standard is set where all communications segments are satisfied, this technology will experience resistance."


ABI's report, "Ultra Wideband Wireless - An Evaluation of Technology Prospects and Potential Market Applications," examines if UWB will be the next generation in wireless communications, for diverse applications including wireless LANs and radar. The total global shipments for UWB-enabled electronics and chipsets could reach 45.1 million units by 2007, with resulting revenues of $1.39 B by the end of that year. Projections include shipments to market segments including communications, imaging, vehicles, locators and military/government use. Forecasts are provided for twenty different market segments and the activities of and analyses for over 25 market participants are also provided.

The rosiest prospect for wide scale deployment of UWB exists with the consumer electronics (CE) industry. The concept of sending data, video and audio content wirelessly seems to be the near term future of networking information and distributed computing. "Wired networking is cost prohibitive when compared to that of wireless solutions," explains Vamsi Sistla, senior analyst and author of ABI's report, "Entertainment Networking ICs." Already low and decreasing cost of WiFi implementation gear and deployment are some of the main drivers of WiFi technologies. According to ABI forecasts, UWB chipset shipment growth for video and host device applications will more than double in the years 2005 and 2006, from 1.5 million UWB IC shipments in the year 2004 to 3.4 million UWB IC shipments in the year 2005 and to 7.7 million UWB IC shipments in the year 2007.

ABI's report, "Entertainment Networking ICs," addresses the present and future of home networking ICs in the CE industry. The technologies covered in the study include 802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g, other hybrid wireless technologies enabling WLAN home entertainment, UWB and Powerline (HomePlug 1.0 and others) communications. ABI presents quantitative forecasts for the world market for each "no wire" technology, including IC shipments from 2002 to 2008, ASP and revenue. A clear analysis of the networking technologies is presented with detailed forecasts and market trends in the chip sector. In addition, many of the chipmaker companies have been profiled with detailed analyses of their technology offerings and future roadmaps.

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