According to Euroconsult’s newly released strategic review, Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity, the global in-flight connectivity market is expected to grow over the next 10 years, with over 12,000 commercial and 16,000 business airplanes to provide in-flight connectivity to passengers by 2022. With a take-up rate of less than 5 percent, in-flight connectivity services generated less than $300 million in revenue from airline passengers last year. The market is expected to grow to $1.3 billion by 2022.
Ethertronics, a technology company enabling innovative antenna and RF system solutions to deliver the best connected experience, today announced that the company has expanded its EtherDAS Indoor USA™ line of distributed antenna systems (DAS) with two new products – EtherDAS1.5™ and EtherDAS S™.
Carlson Wireless announces the launch of the first TV white space (TVWS) trial in South Africa. Led by Google, the trial will test TVWS wireless broadband in ten schools across the Cape Town area. Carlson, the project’s equipment vendor, Google and other project partners will attempt to show that broadband can be offered over white spaces without interfering with licensed spectrum holders.
Broadcom has been ranked number one vendor in three recent competitive assessments released by ABI Research on wireless connectivity IC markets. One was for overall wireless connectivity ICs, another on Bluetooth ICs, and a final on Wi-Fi ICs.
The total market for open short-range wireless (SRW) technology based ICs, i.e., Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, NFC, and GPS, is expected to reach almost 5 billion units in 2013 and grow to nearly 8 billion by 2018. This includes standalone wireless connectivity ICs, wireless connectivity combo ICs, and also platforms with integrated wireless connectivity.
Answering the growing need for smartphone and tablet applications that update seamlessly, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announces a truly wireless solution with a unique over-the-air-download (OTA or OAD) feature in its BLE-Stack™ 1.3 software for use with the CC2540 and CC2541 Bluetooth low energy system-on-chips (SOCs). Single-mode Bluetooth® low energy or Bluetooth Smart is increasing in popularity because it allows consumers to connect to their smartphones and tablets to automotive, home office, medical and health, sports and fitness as well as mobile and PC accessories.
Skyworks Solutions Inc. expanded its wireless portfolio with the introduction of highly integrated front-end modules enabling 802.11ac connectivity in smartphones and tablets. The company’s precision analog semiconductors are already being utilized in many of the world’s first commercially-available 802.11ac notebooks, ultrabooks, LED TVs, routers, USB data cards and Blu-Ray® players.
EDI CON 2013 (March 12-14, Beijing, China) has announced a special workshop focusing on connectivity challenges and innovations for high-frequency systems and instrumentation equipment to be held on March 14th at the Beijing International Convention Center.
Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions, a business of Emerson and a global leader in protecting and optimizing critical infrastructure, announces a new family of SMA self fixture end launch connectors that can help improve manufacturing costs and speed-up testing cycles.