The wireless computing platforms and wireless devices are acting as trendsetters in the wireless market and are becoming an essential ingredient amongst information power users. With initial functions such as synchronized calendars, contact management, wireless messaging and email that can be preinstalled on these devices, these applications will steadily expand over the coming years as enterprises find new and innovative ways to their workforce more productive by offering ubiquitous access to enterprise data. The number of off the shelf systems and tools for customized solutions will also grow steadily.
These wireless platforms generally fall under two broad categories- smartphones which possess full-blown operating systems and can run enterprise applications and wireless PDAs integrated with cellular, Wi-Fi or both.
The wireless platforms, which support multiple operating systems, deliver highly-integrated and complete solutions providing an optimal combination of mobile processing performance, multimedia, mobile broadband and connectivity at intense power efficiency. The development of wireless platforms takes into consideration aspects of the wireless access components such as RF/IF front end, baseband and protocol stacks. In the present day offering of mobile appliances, the baseband solution is achieved from a blend of CPU and DSP (Digital Signal Processor) type of devices.
MarketsandMarkets estimates the global wireless platforms market in terms of revenues to be worth $61.5 billion in 2011 and expects it to reach $155.2 billion in 2016, growing at a CAGR of 20.3% from 2011 to 2016. The wireless broadband segment accounted for the maximum share, with $19.0 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach $59.5 billion by 2016, at an estimated CAGR of 25.7% from 2011 to 2016, followed by wireless baseband segment which accounted for $15.8 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach $39.4 billion by 2016, at an estimated CAGR of 20.0% from 2011 to 2016.
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This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.