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More than 120 million Wi-Fi chipsets expected to ship this year

Wi-Fi technology has seen its annual unit sales grow to more than 100 million chipsets in six years, according to ...


November 28, 2005  


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Wi-Fi technology has seen its annual unit sales grow to more than 100 million chipsets in six years, according to new data released by In-Stat and the Wi-Fi Alliance.

“Wi-Fi has already crossed the 100 million unit sales mark for 2005 and we forecast shipments of approximately 120 million chipsets this year,” said Gemma Tedesco, senior analyst at In-Stat. “This is a significant milestone for such a young technology.”

The alliance, which coined the term Wi-Fi, provides testing and certification programs to ensure the interoperability of products based on the IEEE 802.11 standard.

“Wi-Fi has come of age,” said Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the alliance.

“Today, more than 90% of notebook computers are Wi-Fi enabled and as we look ahead there are seemingly limitless opportunities due to the insatiable consumer and enterprise demand for the technology.

“We expect the next milestones will come even faster as Wi-Fi becomes integrated into consumer electronics and mobile handsets.”