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WLAN ICs: Wi-Fi Silicon For PCs, Consumer Electronics And IP Telephony
- ID: 236914
- September 2004
- 49 pages
The WLAN IC market has grown rapidly over the past four years as businesses and consumers have sought to wirelessly network PCs and other peripherals. At the same time, the market has consolidated, with many former vendors now either out of business or acquired by larger companies, in the face of stiff price competition. Surprisingly, Taiwanese vendors have not yet had as significant an impact as many thought they would. At present, a handful of vendors, mostly located in the US, dominate the market. These include Agere, Atheros, Broadcom, Conexant, Intel, Marvell, and Texas Instruments. Work on new standards to improve rate, reach and functionality continue. The 802.11i security standard was ratified in June 2004, and ratification of the 802.11e QoS standard, for multimedia applications, is expected later in 2004. A standard to improve Wi-Fi throughput to a minimum of 100 Mbps is currently being developed and is expected to be ratified sometime in 2006 or 2007, although pre-standard equipment is already starting to appear on the market. In-Stat/MDR expects Wi-Fi in consumer electronics and Wi-Fi in mobile handsets to be a significant opportunity for WLAN ICs over the forecast period, with revenue from WLAN ICs sold into CE and IP telephony applications together accounting for roughly half of the $2.1 billion in revenue expected to be earned in 2008.