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Wireless connectivity ICs roll, Broadcom on top

Posted: 19 Apr 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless  connectivity  forecast 

ABI Research finds that wireless connectivity ICs totalled more than Rs.40,816.33 crore ($8 billion) in 2011 and will produce revenues close to Rs.2.04 lakh crore ($40 billion) for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, and combo ICs through 2016.

Broadcom continues to dominate, owning 30 per cent of the worldwide connectivity IC shipment volume due to its success in the rapidly growing combo IC market, according to ABI. Qualcomm's market share reached almost 20 per cent due to its strength in the GPS market. CSR, with its acquisition of SiRF technologies, is still a major presence in the worldwide market, despite losing its leading position in the Bluetooth market many years ago. Texas Instruments is in fourth position, narrowly behind CSR with 10 per cent share, and is another company benefiting from entering the combo IC market early.

"The overall market saw strong growth in 2011," says Peter Cooney, practice director, semiconductors. "Attach rates for all technologies are increasing, leading to combo IC growth. The next challenge for IC vendors is integration into higher level SoCs."

Mergers and acquisitions continue to shape the market. Qualcomm's purchase of Atheros significantly improved its wireless connectivity offering and it is in excellent position to control the integrated platform SoC market it is developing to serve the burgeoning low to mid-end smartphone and media tablet markets. 'If Qualcomm's S4 platform dominates this market with integrated Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS, it is likely to be an increasing threat to the other suppliers such as Broadcom, CSR, and TI," says Cooney.

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