TAIPEI, Taiwan By the end of 2008, more than 1 billion Wi-Fi chipsets will have rolled into the market, according to a recent report by ABI Research. What's more is that in the year 2012, ABI estimates annual shipments will top 1 billion chipsets.
ABI's research shows that sometime during the middle of 2008, the industry will cross over the 1 billion mark. "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," said ABI principal analyst Philip Solis.
"From our point of view, cellular handsets and consumer electronics were always the most important end products for Wi-Fi chipset vendors to focus on," Solis said. "With more than two-thirds of Wi-Fi chipsets going into these two product categories in 2012, it is critical for chipset vendors to secure the appropriate customer wins in order to sustain or grow their market share."
During 2006, the Wi-Fi semiconductor market came in just shy of 200 million Wi-Fi chipsets. To date, more than 500 million chipsets have shipped, according to the study "Wi-Fi IC Market Share Analysis and Forecasts."