LONDON Ė Approaching 280 million combination connectivity chips for mobile devices will ship in 2010, according to market analysis company ABI Research.
Integrating different radio technologies such as FM broadcast reception, Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS on a single chip involves performance compromises, but saves money, space and power. ABI Research forecasts that more than 979 million such chipsets will ship in 2015.
The combination most commonly found in cell phones is WiFi-plus-GPS. WiFi-plus-Bluetooth combos have seen slower adoption due to performance issues, because both technologies use similar frequencies, so they must alternate transmissions to avoid interference.
"The market for combo chipsets is taking off, but somewhat more slowly than was originally expected," said analyst Xavier Ortiz, in a statement. "Mobile phones are the main market for these combinations today, although ABI Research believes that for true mass adoption, combos will have to penetrate other product types that require short-range wireless: laptops and consumer electronics devices."
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