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Future Handset Connectivity Technologies
Berg Insight AB, June 2008, Pages: 101
Will WLAN, NFC and UWB join Bluetooth in future handsets? Berg Insight forecasts that 25 percent of mobile handsets sold in 2012 will feature wireless local area network connectivity. NFC and UWB are also predicted to gradually enter the high-end market segment. Find out more about these future handset connectivity technologies in this 100+ page strategic research report from Berg Insight.
This report will allow you to:
Understand the opportunities and challenges with integration of new connectivity technologies in mobile handsets.
Learn about the strategies for Bluetooth, WLAN, NFC and UWB of the leading chipset and handset vendors in the mobile industry.
Identify drivers and barriers for industry-wide adoption of new technology.
Predict future design trends and technology developments.
Anticipate the timing of mass-market introduction of new handset connectivity features.
This report answers the following questions:
- How will Bluetooth evolve in the future handset environment?
- What is the roadmap for integration of WLAN in mass-market mobile phones?
- When will NFC become a widespread handset connectivity technology?
- Does UWB have a future in the mobile industry?
- Which connectivity technologies are being adopted by the main handset manufacturers?
- What impact will new technologies have on the wireless chipset value chain?
- How is the greater diversity of radios affecting wireless chipset and handset design?
- What is the current status of the standardisation work?
1 Handset connectivity technologies
1.1 Wireless communication technologies
1.1.1 Personal area and local area network technologies
1.1.2 Cellular mobile communication technologies
1.1.3 Spectrum and interference
1.1.4 Technical comparison
1.2 Broadcast connectivity technologies
1.2.2 Mobile TV
1.3 Handset platforms and connectivity integration
1.3.1 Handset hardware and software platforms
1.3.2 Horizontal and vertical integration of connectivity technologies
1.4 Single chip versus discrete chip integration
1.5 Handset value-chain overview
1.5.1 Cellular chipset vendors
1.5.2 Connectivity chipset vendors
1.5.3 Handset OS and software vendors
1.5.4 Handset manufacturers
1.6 Drivers and barriers to integration
2 Bluetooth in mobile phones
2.1 Overview of the Bluetooth technology
2.1.1 Bluetooth specifications
2.1.2 Bluetooth applications and profiles
2.2 Bluetooth and other connectivity technologies
2.2.1 Bluetooth and FM radio
2.2.2 Bluetooth and WLAN
2.2.3 Bluetooth and GPS
2.2.4 Bluetooth and cellular baseband integration
2.3 Company profiles
2.3.3 Infineon Technologies
3 Wireless LAN in mobile phones
3.1 Overview of Wireless LAN
3.1.1 WLAN standards
3.1.2 WLAN in mobile phones
3.2 WLAN and Bluetooth coexistence
3.3 Company profiles
3.3.1 Atheros Communications
3.3.4 Redpine Signals
3.3.5 STMicroelectronics and NXP wireless joint venture
3.3.6 Texas Instruments
4 NFC and UWB technologies
4.1 Overview of NFC and UWB technologies
4.2 Near Field Communication technology and standards
4.2.1 NFC modes
4.2.2 NFC solution architecture and chipsets
4.3 Ultra wideband technology and standards
4.3.1 WiMedia Alliance
4.3.2 Certified Wireless USB
4.4 Company profiles
4.4.5 Inside Contactless
4.4.6 NXP Semiconductors
4.4.9 Staccato Communications
4.4.11 WiQuest Communications
5 Handset manufacturers
5.2 Samsung Electronics
5.4 Sony Ericsson
5.5 LG Electronics
5.6 Research In Motion
5.8 Second tier handset vendors
5.8.7 Hewlett Packard.
5.8.9 Mio Technology
6 Market trends and forecasts
6.1 Market trends
6.2 Worldwide handset sales
6.3 Handset shipments by connectivity standard
6.4 IC vendor market shares
6.5 Connectivity IC shipment forecasts
6.6 Connectivity IC revenue forecasts
List of Figures
Figure 1.1: Range versus throughput for wireless communication technologies
Figure 1.2: Performance comparison
Figure 1.3: Mobile phone hardware and software platform
Figure 1.4: GPS handset and service value chain
Figure 2.1: Examples of Bluetooth profiles
Figure 2.2: Overview of key Bluetooth chipset developers for handsets
Figure 2.3: Examples of Broadcom connectivity chipsets
Figure 2.4: Examples of CSR connectivity chipsets.
Figure 2.5: Examples of Infineon connectivity chipsets
Figure 2.6: Examples of Qualcomm GSM/EGPRS/HSDPA wireless chipsets
Figure 3.1: IEEE 802.11 WLAN standards
Figure 3.2: Overview of mobile WLAN chipset developers
Figure 3.3: Examples of Atheros Communications’ connectivity chipsets
Figure 3.4: Examples of STMicroelectronics’ connectivity chipsets
Figure 3.5: Examples of Texas Instruments connectivity chipsets
Figure 4.1: UWB spectrum and band groups
Figure 5.1: Tier 1 mobile phone and smartphone manufacturers (World 2007)
Figure 5.2: Nokia handset sales and market share
Figure 5.3: Nokia WLAN, GPS or NFC-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets
Figure 5.4: Samsung handset sales and market share
Figure 5.5: Samsung WLAN enabled handsets
Figure 5.6: Motorola handset sales and market share
Figure 5.7: Motorola handsets with WLAN or GPS
Figure 5.8: Sony Ericsson handset sales and market share
Figure 5.9: LG handset sales and market share
Figure 5.10: RIM handset sales and market share
Figure 5.11: RIM BlackBerry smartphones
Figure 5.12: GPS and WLAN-enabled HTC handsets
Figure 6.1: Worldwide handset sales by technology (World 2006–2012)
Figure 6.2: Number of handset models available by connectivity technology
Figure 6.3: Handset shipments by connectivity technology (World 2004–2007)
Figure 6.4: Market shares, Bluetooth ICs for mobile phones (2007)
Figure 6.5: Market shares, WLAN ICs for mobile phones (2007)
Figure 6.6: Handset sales by connectivity technology and attach rates (World 2007–12)
Figure 6.7: Connectivity solution revenues by technology (World 2007–2012)
Numerous connectivity technologies are being integrated into mobile phones. These technologies are largely complementary, with different use cases. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) drives the development of the Bluetooth standard. Bluetooth is a Personal Area Networking (PAN) technology optimised for low power consumption. From the onset, Bluetooth was designed to enable easy, ad-hoc pairing and medium data rate communication for numerous electronic devices. Today, the technology is available in countless devices, for instance handsets, headsets, consumer electronics and computers, medical equipment and cars. Since the introduction of the first Bluetooth-enabled handsets in 2000, the technology has seen phenomenal growth. The number of handsets featuring Bluetooth has surpassed 550 models and unit shipments exceeded 560 million in 2007.
The IEEE 802.11 standards for wireless local area networks (WLAN) have been developed to standardise wireless LANs for computer networking applications. The first mobile phones featuring WLAN connectivity became available in 2004, primarily intended for Internet access, corporate VoIP services and later, UMA fixed mobile convergence services. Moreover, the Bluetooth SIG is developing a new radio substitution architecture that will enable the use of the established Bluetooth protocols, profiles, security and pairing mechanisms to be used by a secondary radio already present in a handset to achieve faster throughput. In February 2008, the Bluetooth SIG added the IEEE 802.11 standard as an interim solution for the Bluetooth “Alternate MAC/PHY” architecture before the WiMedia Alliance ultra wideband radio becomes more widely available. The number of WLAN-enabled handset models has experienced rapid growth during 2007 and the first half of 2008. About 40 models had been announced at the end of 2006. In June 2008, more than 110 models were available, or about to become available on the market. Meanwhile, shipments have grown from slightly more
than 5 million to 27 million in 2007.
Ultra wideband (UWB) is not a standard in itself, but refers to a radio technology using low energy, high bandwidth communication. The WiMedia UWB Common Radio Platform specification is being adopted by numerous standard organisations for enabling short-range connectivity with data rates up to 480 Mbps. The radio platform has for instance been adopted by the USB-IF for the Certified Wireless USB standard and by the Bluetooth SIG as
an alternative high-speed radio for the future Bluetooth specification. The first handsets with UWB radios are likely to become commercially available in the late 2009 to 2010 timeframe.
Near Field Communication (NFC) is a standard for short-range wireless, point-to-point communication between devices over distances of about 10 centimetres. When deployed in mobile phones, NFC can be used for countless applications, ranging from information exchange, electronic ticketing, electronic payment, to device pairing for establishing data transfers using complementary technologies such as Bluetooth or WLAN. In Japan, contactless payment and authentication services using mobile phones was introduced in 2004 and has since been widely deployed there. Mobile payment and ticketing services are likely to be the main drivers for NFC integration in handsets. Outside Japan, payment services using NFC largely remains in the trial state and only a few handsets are commercially available. However, the technology and business models are falling into place, thus enabling service rollouts in the near future.
In order to reduce solution cost and footprint, chipset vendors are developing multi-radio chipsets that combine multiple connectivity technologies into system-in-package or single-die system-on-chip solutions. Revenues for Bluetooth, WLAN NFC and UWB connectivity chipset solutions for mobile phones reached around US$ 1,220 million in 2007. Berg Insight forecasts that these revenues will grow with a compound annual growth rate of 11 percent to US$ 2,090 million in 2012. Moreover, total connectivity revenues, including AM/FM radio and GPS, are forecasted to grow from US$ 1,660 million in 2007, to US$ 3,050 million in 2012.
- Atheros Communications
- Hewlett Packard
- Infineon Technologies
- Inside Contactless
- LG Electronics
- Mio Technology
- NXP Semiconductors
- Redpine Signals
- Research In Motion
- Samsung Electronics
- Sony Ericsson
- Staccato Communications
- STMicroelectronics and NXP wireless joint venture
- Texas Instruments
- WiQuest Communications
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