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Wi-Fi Chipsets: Feel That Cool 802.11ac

This publication has been discontinued on May 9, 2015.


The Wi-Fi chipset market continues to expand steadily as more and more products begin to incorporate Wi-Fi. Expansion into new connection paradigms, the continuing lowering of chipset prices, and the continued proliferation of Wi-Fi networks both inside and outside the home, mark Wi-Fi as the eight hundred pound gorilla in the wireless industry.

This report provides an in-depth look at the worldwide Wi-Fi market, covering monolithic, combo, and embedded chips across 32 different product categories. The report examines the size and breakdown of each market in 2011, and forecasts unit shipments, revenue, and attach rates through 2016. In addition it provides analysis on market trends, highlights industry news, and furnishes insight into old and new Wi-Fi standards.

Key findings from this study include:

  • Newer PAN connection features, such as Wi-Fi Direct, low-power chipsets, and Wi-Fi Miracast continue to expand the ways people utilize Wi-Fi on a daily basis.
  • Devices previously without Wi-Fi such as computer mice, toys, wireless speakers, set-top boxes, and remote controls, to name several, have all recently begun shipping with Wi-Fi connections. This expanding usage base puts WI-Fi on a direct collision course with other standards already populating some of these areas, namely, Bluetooth.
  • Cellular providers are expected to look increasingly to Wi-Fi with the forthcoming deployments of hotspots enabled to handle seamless offloading of cellular traffic to Wi-Fi networks during 1Q of 2013.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • State of Wi-Fi
    • 802.11ac
    • 802.11n
    • 802.11a/bg
    • Low-Power Wi-Fi
    • Wi-Fi In The News
      • January 9, 2012: Universal Electronics & Ozmo Devices Partner to Bring Wi-Fi Remotes to Market
      • February 13, 2012: Texas Instruments Introduces WiLink 8.0, a 5-in-1 Solution for Mobile Devices
      • February 23, 2012: Qualcomm Atheros Launches Portfolio of 802.11ac Solutions for Mobile Devices
      • March 20, 2012: Qualcomm Atheros Announces New High-Performance, Low Energy Wi-Fi Chipset
      • May 14, 2012: Buffalo Technology Launches the First 802.11ac Router into the Marketplace
      • May 31, 2012: Wi-Fi Alliance Finalizes the Wi-Fi Miracast Certification Program
      • June 26, 2012: Wi-Fi Alliance Begins Certification of Wi-Fi Passpoint Devices and Equipment
      • July 17, 2012: Samsung Buys Handset Division of Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR)
      • July 24, 2012: Broadcom Announces 802.11ac Combo Chip Targeted at Mobile Devices
  • Wi-Fi Chipset Market Forecasts
    • Wi-Fi Overview
      • Wi-Fi Chipset ASPs
      • Monolithic
      • Combo
      • Embedded
    • Automobiles
    • Basic & Feature Phones
    • Blu-Ray Players
    • Broadband Routers
    • Cameras (Digital)
    • Desktops
    • Digital Frames
    • Digital Televisions
    • E-Readers
    • FTTH Gateways
    • Handheld Games2
    • Mini-Notes
    • Mobile Hotspots
    • Multifunction Peripherals
    • Network Attached Storage (Consumer)
    • Network Attached Storage (Business)
    • Notebooks
    • Personal Navigation Devices
    • Personal Video Recorders
    • Portable Media Players
    • Printers (Ink Jet)
    • Printers (Laser)
    • Residential Gateways
    • Set Top Boxes (Digital Cable)
    • Set Top Boxes (Digital Satellite)
    • Set Top Boxes (IP/DSL)
    • Smartphones
    • Streaming Media Players
    • Tablets
    • USB Adapters
    • Video Game Consoles
    • Wireless Access Points
  • Methodology
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