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WiMAX Chipsets: "e" Is the New Black Product Image

WiMAX Chipsets: "e" Is the New Black

  • ID: 1202383
  • January 2010
  • 34 Pages
  • In-Stat/MDR

The WiMAX chipset market continues to gain steady momentum. Mobile WiMAX has all but displaced fixed WiMAX in new deployment. Actual WiMAX networks, planned networks, and networks in development increase monthly. New devices drive the market as USB dongles and mobile PCs with embedded are available today, with WiMAX-enabled cellular handsets just around the corner.

WiMAX chipset technology has already moved beyond multiple chips, each with one specific function, i.e., a baseband processor chip and a separate RFIC, to a market where integrated single-chip solutions and modules are the vendor and manufacturer preference. A small group of semiconductor manufacturers have emerged as the WiMAX chipset leaders, changing the market landscape with innovative single-chip solutions.

WiMAX Chipsets: "e" Is the New Black looks at the WiMAX chipset market and provides:

-An overview of the state of the WiMAX market including deployments, regional updates, frequencies and spectrums, and emerging WiMAX applications
-WiMAX standards and technology update
-WiMAX chipset landscape
-WiMAX chipset architecture
-Key WiMAX IC vendor landscape
-WiMAX chipset unit shipments, revenue, and ASPs

This research is part of the Wireless Broadband Evolution service, which provides end-to-end coverage of the technologies and strategies for the development and deployment of future wireless technologies, such as HSPA, LTE, WiMAX and Enhanced Wireless DSL. The coverage includes the infrastructure, devices, services, and subscribers for wireless broadband.

Executive Summary
State of WiMAX
Fixed WiMAX
-- WiMAX and the “Last Mile”
- Mobile WiMAX
-- Mobile WiMAX at 3.5GHz
- WiMAX Deployments
-- WiMAX Forum-Certified Vendors
- Regional Updates and Opportunities
-- The US Broadband Stimulus
-- Japan
-- South Korea
-- Russia
-- India
- Frequencies and Spectrums
-- 700MHz
- Emerging WiMAX Applications
-- Current Applications
-- Smart Grids
-- Mobile Hotspots
-- Video Surveillance
- WiMAX Devices
-- WiMAX Chipsets in the Infrastructure Market
-- WiMAX Chipsets in the Consumer Device Market
- WiMAX Standards and Technology Update
-- Standards
-- Technology Enhancements
- Coexisting Technology Landscape
-- LTE
-- Wi-Fi
-- IEEE 802.20 or Mobile Broadband Wireless Access (MBWA)
-- IEEE 802.22
WiMAX Chipset Landscape
- WiMAX Chipset Architecture Overview
-- Single-Chip Solutions
-- Modules
- Key WiMAX IC Vendor Landscape
-- Beceem Communications
-- GCT Semiconductor
-- Intel
-- Sequans Communications
WiMAX Chipset Market Forecasts
- WiMAX Chipset Unit Shipments by Device
-- WiMAX Customer Premises Equipment (CPE)
-- WiMAX External Modules
-- WiMAX Base Stations
-- WiMAX Mobile PCs
-- WiMAX Handset and Portable Devices
-- Total WiMAX Chipset Unit Shipments
Total WiMAX Chipset Revenue
-- Forecast Methodology

List of Tables
Table 1. Total WiMAX Chipset Revenue ($US in Thousands)
Table 2. Total WiMAX Deployments
Table 3. Total WiMAX Deployments by Region (as of October 2010)
Table 4. WiMAX Forum-Certified Products
Table 5. WiMAX Forum-Certified Base Station Vendors
Table 6. WiMAX Forum-Certified Subscriber Station Vendors
Table 7. Total WiMAX Deployments by Frequency (as of October 2009)
Table 8. IEEE 802.16 Standard Update
Table 9. WiMAX CPE Chipset Unit Shipments, ASPs, and Revenue (in Thousands)
Table 10. WiMAX External Modules Chipset Unit Shipments, ASPs, and Revenue (in Thousands)
Table 11. WiMAX Base Station Chipset Unit Shipments, ASPs, and Revenue (in Thousands)
Table 12. WiMAX Mobile PC Chipset Unit Shipments, ASPs, and Revenue (in Thousands)
Table 13. WiMAX Handset and Portable Device Chipset Unit Shipments, ASPs, and Revenue (in Thousands)
Table 14. Total WiMAX Chipset Unit Shipments (in Thousands)
Table 15. Total WiMAX Chipset Revenue ($US in Thousands)

List of Figures
Figure 1. WiMAX SoC Block Diagram
Figure 2. Beceem BCSM250
Figure 3. GCT Mobile WiMAX Single-Chip SoC GDM7205K
Figure 4. SQN1220 SOC

WiMAX Modems and Gateways to be 50% of the WiMAX Chipset Market

WiMAX modems and gateways will dominate the WiMAX chipset market, representing nearly 50% of the market on a unit basis in 2013, according to new research from the author. Other key equipment segments for WiMAX chipsets include external modules, mobile PCs, base stations, handsets and other portable devices. Overall, In-Stat expects the WiMAX chipset revenue to reach $352 million by 2013.

“WiMAX is not a mere niche technology to fill a void until LTE is up and running, but a complementary solution for providing last mile wireless broadband access and a true mobile Internet solution,” says Jim McGregor, In-Stat analyst. “WiMAX chipset technology has already moved beyond multiple chips to single chips solutions that integrate the baseband processor chip with the RF radio. A small group of semiconductor manufacturers have already emerged as leaders in this growing segment”.

Recent research found the following:

- WiMAX chipset vendors Beceem, GCT, Intel, and Sequans have emerged to lead the market.
- Both WiMAX and LTE have advantages and disadvantages, but In-Stat believes that the technologies will coexist in the future.
- WiMAX stands to benefit from government stimulus and rural broadband initiatives. WiMAX’s relative maturity positions it favorably for 'shovel ready' projects.

Recent research, WiMAX Chipsets: "e" Is the New Black covers the worldwide market for WiMAX chipsets. It includes:

- Examination of the current state of WiMAX technology and applications along with competing technologies.
- Analysis of regional opportunities.
- Forecasts of WiMAX chipset unit shipments, revenue, and average selling prices through 2013.
- Profiles of key WiMAX chipset vendors: Beceem Communications, GCT Semiconductor, Intel, and Sequans Communications.

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