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Wi-Fi chipset revenue to reach US$6.1 billion in 2015: NPD In-Stat

The Wi-Fi chipset market continues to march forward at a brisk pace as a growing number of consumer electronics are integrating the technology, says research firm NPD In-Stat.


February 1, 2012  


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The Wi-Fi chipset market continues to march forward at a brisk pace as a growing number of consumer electronics are integrating the technology, says research firm NPD In-Stat.

As the demand for devices with Wi-Fi connectivity grows, and as prices for chipsets decrease, new markets for Wi-Fi are opening in areas traditionally dominated by other wireless connectivity standards.

According to new NPD In-Stat (www.in-stat.com) research, new markets such as smart meters, wireless mice, automobiles, and home automation will help drive sales of Wi-Fi chipsets to US$6.1 billion in 2015.

“As Wi-Fi appears in more and more devices the demand for additional bandwidth will grow along with it,” says Greg Potter, an analyst with the firm. “Granted, broadband speeds are not yet fully utilizing the available bandwidth allowed by Wi-Fi. However, newer use cases — such as streaming high-definition video from devices to the TV — necessitate an increase in bandwidth. New standards such as 802.11ac aim to provide that necessary speed increase.”

Key research findings include: 

* The introduction of low-power Wi-Fi chipsets presents a challenge to Bluetooth in certain markets.

* 802.11ac will grow rapidly with chipset shipments to surpass 650 million by 2015.

* By 2015, the three biggest markets for 802.11ac will be smartphones, notebooks, and tablets.