Billion Plus Wi-Fi Chipsets to Ship in 2012

During 2006, the Wi-Fi semiconductor market shipped just under 200 million Wi-Fi chipsets, and reached over 500 million chipset shipments cumulatively, according to the latest release of ABI Research’s quarterly “Wi-Fi IC Market Share Analysis and Forecasts” database.

The research indicates that around the middle of 2008, the industry will have passed the one billion mark for cumulative chipset shipments. “Cumulative shipments of one billion Wi-Fi ICs mark a significant milestone,” says principal analyst Philip Solis, “but even more impressive, there will be well over a billion chipsets shipped in 2012 alone, with cellular handsets and consumer electronics accounting for over two-thirds of that total.”

The Wi-Fi IC database provides historical and forecast market data on a quarterly basis. Data and market share figures for the previous eight quarters are included, as is yearly data through 2012. The package includes annual overall IC market share statistics from 2001 to the present, as well as market share for laptops (mini-PCI and miniCard).

“From our point of view, cellular handsets and consumer electronics were always the most important end products for Wi-Fi chipset vendors to focus on,” Solis adds. “With more than two-thirds of Wi-Fi chipsets going into these two product categories in 2012, it is critical for chipset vendors to secure the appropriate customer wins in order to sustain or grow their market share.”

The Wi-Fi IC Market Share Analysis and Forecasts database contains more than three dozen tables, breaking down market share according to a wide variety of parameters. It forms part of ABI Research’s Wi-Fi Research Service, which also includes other Market Data products, Research Reports, Research Briefs, ABI Insights, the ABI Vendor Matrix, and analyst inquiry support.

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