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SRW chip market shipments to hit 500 cr in 2013

Posted: 08 Mar 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:short-range wireless  wireless connectivity  IC shipments  Internet of Everything 

Things are looking bright for open short-range wireless (SRW) technology based ICs (Bluetooth, WiFi, ZigBee, NFC and GPS). The market is expected to top almost 500 crore units in 2013. The growth is seen to continue through 2018, reaching to nearly 800 crore units shipped, according to ABI Research's Teardowns and Semiconductors Research Practice. This market includes stand-alone wireless connectivity ICs, wireless connectivity combo ICs, as well as platforms with integrated wireless connectivity.

"In the year where cumulative Bluetooth enabled device shipments will reach 10 billion [1,000 crore] and cumulative WiFi enabled device shipments will reach 7 billion [700 crore], we will also see total wireless connectivity IC shipments break through 5 billion [500 crore] per annum," said Peter Cooney, practice director, ABI Research. "It is truly a momentous year for short-range wireless technology."

Consumer devices such as mobile phones, laptops, media tablets, games consoles, etc. have been the major driver of SRW technology growth but as many of these devices start to peak it is newer applications such as automotive, home automation, smart energy, retail, and many more that will be the major growth drivers over the next 10 years.

SRW technologies are enabling simple, low-cost connections to be made between multitude devices and helping to make 2013 the year that the Internet of Everything (IoE) hits an inflection point and starts to become a reality. Bluetooth, WiFi, and ZigBee are just a few of many technologies that will enable growth in this market, coupled with proprietary SRW, cellular, white space, and fixed communication technologies, also.

"Without interoperable short-range wireless standards the IoE will not flourish; it requires low-cost, low-power, ubiquitous technologies to create the myriad connections that will be needed," added Cooney. "Technologies such as Bluetooth Smart (v4.0), ZigBee, and the upcoming 802.11ah standard will be key enablers for IoE."

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