Future Horizons Predicts ZigBee to Grow to 750 Million Units Annually

Future Horizons, Europe’s leading semiconductor analyst, believes that the supply chain and broad industry support required to deliver ZigBee is now in place and will enable the market to quickly reach large volumes.

Future Horizons’ Semiconductor Applications Market Report 2006 reports that ZigBee volumes are expected to reach 50 million units by the end 2006 and that unit shipments will accelerate to 750 million units per annum by 2010.

ZigBee is a cable replacement technology that will enable homeowners to install wireless light switches, thermostats and security systems for tens of dollars rather than thousands.

Future Horizons reports that ZigBee technology is now appearing as silicon and these chipsets target the low-power, low-data rate part of the data network market. Manufacturers are targeting the substantial domestic heating and lighting control market, as well as consumer equipment control, medical monitoring and industrial sensor applications.

“In order for this emerging market to grow fast the technology needs widespread industry support. ZigBee already has a wide variety of semiconductor, module and software sources to make very high growth to be possible” said Chris Ryan, Semiconductor Market Analyst, Future Horizons.

The ZigBee market is one of 26 market applications explored, and quantified, in Future Horizons’ 2006 Semiconductor Applications Report. Please see: http://www.futurehorizons.com/new_web/westmkt/kmreport/kmreport.htm for further information.

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Future Horizons, founded in 1989, is Europe’s leading semiconductor analyst. It provides market research and business support services for use in opportunity analysis, business planning and new market development. Its industry information seminars and Forums are widely considered to be the best of their kind. Future Horizons publishes a series of monthly, half-yearly and annual market reports, with emphasis is placed on the worldwide microelectronics and electronics industry and the European market environment. See www.futurehorizons.com for further information.