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Shipments of 802.11n will Surge Ahead of 802.11g in the Wi-Fi Chipset Market in 2010
Posted: 15-Jul-2009 [Source: In-Stat]

[In-Stat releases report on upcoming devices using n/802.11n Wi-Fi chipsets including a forecast that total Wi-Fi chipset revenue will pass $4 billion by 2012.]

Scottsdale, AZ -- 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 option 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.


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