In-Stat Publishes Global Wi-Fi Chipset Forecast and Analysis Research

With growth rates well over 100% in 2010, shipments of Wi-Fi Chipsets based on the draft n/802.11n will surge ahead of those based on 802.11g, reports In-Stat. 802.11n is ahead in nearly every equipment category, but unit volume is being driven by shipment growth in mobile handsets and notebook PCs. “802.11n chipset revenue will surpass that of 802.11g this year as a result of higher Average Selling Prices (ASPs),” says Victoria Fodale, In-Stat analyst. “ASPs for draft n/802.11n chipsets are complex, as there are more options that can impact prices. These options include support for the 5GHz spectrum and the number of data streams, which can range from 1 to 4.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • Total Wi-Fi chipset revenue will pass $4 billion by 2012.
  • Set-top boxes currently have the largest adoption of Wi-Fi in non-portable consumer electronics applications. By 2013, shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled TVs, however, will exceed shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled set-top boxes.
  • Although there have been draft n/802.11n shipments in most markets for some time, we will see the first shipments of draft n/802.11n-enabled portable CE equipment in 2009. These shipments will be dominated by personal media players. Digital still/video cameras will make up the majority of the remaining of draft n/802.11n-enabled portable CE equipment shipments in 2009.
  • In 2008, Wi-Fi chipsets in mobile handsets grew by more than 51%. By 2010, In-Stat anticipates that this category will consume in excess of 20% of total Wi-Fi chipset shipments.

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 devices, 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 (US). This research is part of In-Stat’s Wireless LAN (WLAN) service, which examines new applications for WLAN chips and devices in the business, home, and public sectors. The service covers emerging technology trends, as well as extension technologies like wireless mesh networking and wireless security.

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