Wi-Fi/WLAN, Wireless Display/Video, Mobile WiMAX & LTE (4G) and ZigBee Chipsets in Consumer Electronics & Automation Applications Worth $20.4 Billion by 2017

wireless chipsets market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 28.03% from 2012 to 2017.


Dallas, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/07/2014 -- The report “Wireless Chipsets Market (Wi-Fi/WLAN, Wireless Display/Video (HD & WHDI), Mobile WiMAX & LTE (4G), ZigBee, 802.11, 802.15.4 & 802.16) in Consumer Electronics & Automation Applications, Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 – 2017)” defines and segments the global market of Wireless networks and related wireless technologies that enable those wireless connectivity networks are broadly categorized into Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN), Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), and Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (WMAN). The global wireless chipsets market considered for this research study comprises a specific portion of the total market for chipsets; mainly for five different wireless technologies – Wi-Fi technology and wireless display/video technology in WLAN, ZigBee technology in WPAN and Mobile WiMAX technology and Mobile LTE technology in WMAN.

Browse more than 250 market data tables & figures spread through 650+ pages and in-depth TOC on “Wireless Chipsets (Wi-Fi/WLAN, Wireless Display/Video (HD & WHDI), Mobile WiMAX & LTE (4G), ZigBee, 802.11, 802.15.4 & 802.16) Market”.
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Only 5 major chipsets – namely, Wi-Fi/WLAN chipsets, Wireless Display/Video, Mobile WiMAX, Mobile LTE and ZigBee chipsets are considered in this research study, to analyze markets of each of these chipsets in only two major application sectors – Consumer Electronics and Automation Applications. The total market encompassing the markets for these five wireless chipsets is referred to as ‘wireless chipsets market’ throughout the report wherever overall data/statistics are mentioned.

The overall market size for these Wi-Fi chipsets stood at $2.65 billion in 2010, which phenomenally increased to $4.6 billion by 2011. The robust demand & deployment of Wi-Fi chipsets in all digital consumer electronics was the main driver and, the majority share of revenue being contributed by smartphones and tablet PCs. With increasing consumer adoption of Wi-Fi enabled smartphones leading to the trend of rapid integration of Wi-Fi in smartphones by the semiconductor industry from the supply side, the percentage share of Wi-Fi enabled smartphones has increased at a tremendous rate over the past two years. It is expected to cross 95% by 2017, similar being the case for tablet PCs. This was one of the major reasons for robust growth of Wi-Fi chipsets from 2010 to 2011.

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On other fronts of WLAN, the concept of Wireless Display/Video with wireless transfer and access of high bit-rate data volumes emerged over the past few years commercially, as an upgrade & better alternative to faster, more efficient, clearer and uncompressed way of video & display transfer wirelessly between consumer electronic devices. Though Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) was the pioneer in this field in 2007, the success of WHDI compatible chipsets was short-lived in spite of standardization of WHDI technology and establishment of WHDI forum. The market witnessed birth, rapid success and fierce competition among several novel proprietary technologies such as WirelessHD technology by Silicon Image, Inc. (U.S.), WiDi technology by Intel Corporation (U.S.) and Wi-Fi Display technology by Qualcomm, Inc. (U.S.). The market’s growth curve took an upward turn and the overall market for Wireless Display/Video chipsets (considering all types of technologies) stood at $800 million in 2011, which is expected to grow to more than $1 billion by end of 2012. With huge scope for penetration into smartphones, smart TVs, ultra-books and tablet PCs, this market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 28.03% from 2012 to 2017.

In WMAN, focusing specifically on two major technologies, Mobile WiMAX and Mobile LTE (the 4G Cellular Data technologies), Mobile WiMAX chipsets had their commercial birth in 2007 and the market entered into growth-phase by 2010. However, before the market could take-off, with the commercial launch of Mobile LTE on a minor scale in 2011, Mobile WiMAX faced stiff competition from Mobile LTE, and the preference of the broadband industry shifted to LTE slowly in 2011.

Since most economies were still behind on the evolution from 3G and 3.5G and had not yet upgraded to WiMAX, by 2012, the preference of the higher-performance & data-speeds offering Mobile LTE was most optimal for upgrade from previous generation cellular broadband technologies, giving a boost to Mobile LTE chipsets market. With several smartphones creating robust demand for Mobile LTE chipsets such as Apple’s iPhone5 launched in 2012Q4, 2012 has become the break-out year for Mobile LTE.

The Mobile WiMAX chipsets market, recorded its highest revenue in 2011, reaching $230 million in 2011, but the revenues are expected to decrease slightly by end of 2012, to $218 million. The market is expected to slowly decline over the coming years, with a complete sweep of the entire revenue potential by Mobile LTE. Overall, combining the revenue of Mobile WiMAX and Mobile LTE to view the overall 4G chipsets market size which is more than $300 million currently is expected to grow at a robust CAGR of 37.2% from 2012 to 2017.

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