One billion WiFi controllers to ship in 2012

Posted on Sunday, Feb 18 2007 @ 09:15 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Researchers expect one billion of products with integrated wireless network controllers will be shipped in 2012.
According to a new report by ABI Research, during 2006, the Wi-Fi semiconductor market shipped just under 200 million Wi-Fi chipsets, and reached over 500 million chipset shipments cumulatively. 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,” said 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.”

Currently Wi-Fi is found mostly in notebooks, however, cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) with WLAN integrated are gaining popularity nowadays. Moreover, modern game consoles also have Wi-Fi and the trend towards other consumer electronics to have Wi-Fi built-in will continue.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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