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Wireless sensor network IC shipments on the upswing

Posted: 14 Sep 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart energy  wireless sensor networking markets  home automation. 

Wireless sensor networks show signs of rebound and are expected to post a CAGR of 99.6% by 2015.

In 2009, 802.15.4 chipset shipments were down almost 30 per cent compared with the previous year. But according to the latest ABI research report on the WSN market, a robust uplift in shipments in 2010 will boost growth from a little more than 1crore chipsets in 2009 to 64.50 crore in 2015, a CAGR of 99.6 per cent.

Principal analyst for ABI research, Jonathan Collins says, "Because they are based on emerging technology, wireless sensor network adoption suffered during 2009 as pilots and early projects were scaled back or put on hold. However, 2010 has seen a significant rebound and strong shipment growth."

The economy, however, hasn't been the only factor affecting market growth, and it should be realised that different markets have seen varying adoption rates. There is a growing trend towards 802.15.4-based shipments compared with the proprietary solutions that have traditionally dominated the area.

Initiatives like ZigBee RF4CE for home entertainment systems have already begun to drive significant market growth, and while ZigBee is far from the only 802.15.4-based technology offering short range wireless connectivity, it is leading in the early adoption of "smart energy" and home automation. Other key markets for WSN adoption are home, building and industrial automation.

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