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CE Products and Handsets Drive Wi-Fi Chipset Growth

July 1, 2009
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While mobile PCs and portable consumer electronic (CE) devices comprised the lion’s share of Wi-Fi chipset shipments in 2008, mobile handsets and stationary CE categories are driving the market growth, reports In-Stat.


In 2008, Wi-Fi chipsets in mobile handsets grew by more than 51 percent. By 2010, In-Stat anticipates that this category will exceed 20 percent of the total Wi-Fi chipset market.

“A new segment of Digital Media Adapters (DMA), over-the-top devices, is also generating a lot of attention,” says Victoria Fodale, In-Stat Analyst. “Over-the-top devices access third-party home entertainment services that are delivered across a broadband network with no affiliation to a specific broadband operator. These devices include Apple TV, the Netflix player by Roku and the Blockbuster/2Wire Streaming MediaPoint box.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

    • Total Wi-Fi chipset revenue will pass $4 B by 2012.
    • The Apple iPhone garnered a lot of attention in the handset category, but Nokia and HTC led in Wi-Fi-enabled handset volumes.
    • The strong success of new netbook devices is boosting growth in the computing segment.
    • 802.11n will surpass 802.11g in the stationary CE embedded chipset segment in 2010.
    • New Bluetooth 3.0 specification uses 802.11g technology for the physical layer, which could open up a new market for Wi-Fi chipset suppliers.

Recent In-Stat research, “Global Wi-Fi Chipset Forecast and Analysis: 2007 to 2013,” covers the worldwide market for Wi-Fi chipsets. It includes:

    • Forecasts of WLAN chipset units and revenue by market segment and by technology
    • Segmentation for mobile PCs, including notebook PCs, netbooks, ultra mobile PCs (UMPC) and mobile Internet devices (MID)
    • Segmentation for portable CE, including handheld games, digital still/video cameras, IP network cameras, personal digital assistants (PDA) and personal media players (PMP)
    • Segmentation for mobile handsets
    • Segmentation for networking equipment, including routers, gateways and access points (AP)
    • Segmentation for stationary CE, including gaming consoles, Blu-ray players/recorders, digital televisions (DTV), media adapter/player/receivers, networked attached storage, personal video recorders (PVR), printers and multi-function peripherals (MFP), personal video recorders (PVR) and set-top boxes (STB)
    • Segmentation by technology, including 802.11g, 802.11a/g and draft n/802.11n
    • Analysis of market segments, including drivers and barriers

For more information, visit: www.instat.com.

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