Mobile Handsets, Stationary CE Products Fuel Wi-Fi Chipset Growth

While mobile PCs and portable consumer electronic (CE) devices comprised the lion’s share of Wi-Fi chipset shipments in 2008, mobile handsets and stationary CE categories are driving the market growth, reports In-Stat. In 2008, Wi-/Fi chipsets in mobile handsets grew by more than 51%. By 2010, In-Stat anticipates that this category will exceed 20% of the total Wi-Fi chipset market.

“A new segment of Digital Media Adapters (DMAs), over-the-top devices, is also generating a lot of attention,” says Victoria Fodale, In-Stat analyst. “Over-the-top devices access third-party home entertainment services that are delivered across a broadband network with no affiliation to a specific broadband operator. These devices include Apple TV, the Netflix player by Roku, and the Blockbuster/2Wire Streaming MediaPoint box.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • Total Wi-Fi chipset revenue will pass $4 billion by 2012
  • The Apple iPhone garnered a lot of attention in the handset category, but Nokia and HTC led in Wi-Fi-enabled handset volumes
  • The strong success of new netbook devices is boosting growth in the computing segment
  • 802.11n will surpass 802.11g in the stationary CE embedded chipset segment in 2010
  • New Bluetooth 3.0 specification uses 802.11g technology for the physical layer, which could open up a new market for Wi-Fi chipset suppliers

The research, “Global Wi-Fi Chipset Forecast and Analysis: 2007-2013” (#IN0904005WS), covers the worldwide market for Wi-Fi chipsets. It includes:

  • Forecasts of WLAN chipset units and revenue by market segment and by technology
  • Segmentation for mobile PCs, including notebook PCs, netbooks, ultra mobile PCs (UMPCs), and mobile Internet devices (MIDs)
  • Segmentation for portable CE, including handheld games, digital still/video cameras, IP network cameras, personal digital assistants (PDAs), personal media players (PMPs)
  • Segmentation for mobile handsets
  • Segmentation for networking equipment, including routers, gateways, and access points (APs)
  • Segmentation for stationary CE, including gaming consoles, blu-ray players/recorders, digital televisions (DTVs), media adapter/player/receivers, networked attached storage, personal video recorders (PVRs), printers and multi-function peripherals (MFPs), personal video recorders (PVRs), and set-top boxes (STBs)
  • Segmentation by technology, including 802.11g, 802.11a/g, Draft n/802.11n
  • Analysis of market segments, including drivers and barriers

The price is $3,495.

About In-Stat
In-Stat’s market intelligence combines technical, market and end-user research and database models to analyze the Mobile Internet and Digital Entertainment ecosystems. Our insights are derived from a deep understanding of technology impacts, nearly 30 years of history in research and consulting, and direct relationships with leading players in each of our core markets. In-Stat provides its research through reports, annual subscriptions, consulting and advisory services to inform critical decisions.