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WLAN-enabled product shipments to breach 100 crore

Posted: 21 Apr 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

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Market research firm IHS iSuppli forecasts that shipments of electronic products with embedded WLAN will breach 100 crore units this year and reach more than 200 crore in 2015.

Shipments of CE, computer, communications and automotive products with built-in WLAN capability such as Wi-Fi will amount to 120 crore units in 2011, up 35.8 per cent from 88.04 crore units in 2010. In 2015, shipments will reach 220 crore units, the company said.

The devices that are getting enhanced with embedded WLAN include: PCs, cell phones, digital cameras and camcorders, home and handheld video game consoles, televisions, STBs and portable navigation devices.

Several product categories in 2011 are already expected to have 100 per cent penetration for embedded WLAN, including media tablets, access point/routers and handheld video game consoles. Others are near 100 per cent, such as mobile PCs and home video game consoles.

In terms of shipments, cell phones represent the largest category for embedded WLAN, with 51.28 crore units set to ship this year. Mobile PCs will come in second at 23.01 crore units.

The WLAN wave is expected to penetrate automotive electronics and LCD TVs. Other fast-growing segments in the coming years will be digital camcorders and still cameras, DVD players and recorders, and e-book readers, IHS said.

- Peter Clarke
  EE Times

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