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Handset Connectivity Technologies – 4th Edition

  • ID: 2570978
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  • 155 Pages
  • Berg Insight AB
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Shipments of NFC-enabled handsets grew 300 percent in 2012


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When will NFC become mainstream in mass-market handsets? Berg Insight forecasts that 48 percent of mobile handsets sold in 2017 will feature NFC. In the same year, the attach rates for Bluetooth, GPS and WLAN are forecasted to be 90, 73 and 74 percent respectively. Find out more about these future handset connectivity technologies in this 150 page strategic research report from Berg Insight.

Handset Connectivity Technologies is the fourth consecutive report from Berg Insight analysing the latest trends on the worldwide market for GNSS, Bluetooth, WLAN and NFC technologies in mobile handsets.

This report in the NGT Research Series from Berg Insight provides you with 150 pages of unique business intelligence including 5-year industry forecasts and expert commentary on which to base your business decisions.

- Benefit from numerous executive interviews with market leading companies.
- Learn about the strategies of the leading chipset and handset vendors.
- Gain access to the latest data and statistics about handset shipments.
- Identify the opportunities and challenges with integration of multiple connectivity technologies in mobile handsets.
- Realize the importance of Assisted-GNSS and hybrid location technologies.
- Comprehend how NFC technology in handsets can enable new services.
- Understand the drivers and barriers for industry-wide adoption of new technology.
- Predict future connectivity design trends and technology developments.

This report answers the following questions:
- What is the current state of NFC adoption in the handset market?
- What is the roadmap for integration of new WLAN standards in mobile phones?
- What is driving the adoption of GPS technology in GSM/WCDMA handsets?
- What are the benefits with Assisted-GPS, A-GNSS and hybrid location technologies?
- Which features are supported in the latest Bluetooth standard?
- Who are the leading developers of cellular and connectivity chipsets?
- Which connectivity technologies are being adopted by leading handset vendors?
- 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?

Who should buy this report?
Handset Connectivity Technologies is the foremost source of information about this market. Whether you are a telecom vendor, mobile operator, manufacturer, investor, consultant, application developer or government agency, you will gain valuable insights from our in-depth research.
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Executive summary

1 Mobile handsets and smartphones
1.1 Introduction
1.1.1 Mobile voice and data subscribers
1.1.2 Handset sales by technology and region
1.1.3 Wireless connectivity attach rates driven by higher smartphones sales
1.2 Wireless communication technologies
1.2.1 Spectrum and interference
1.2.2 Cellular communication technologies
1.2.3 Personal area networks
1.2.4 Local area networks
1.3 Wireless broadcast technologies
1.3.1 Radio
1.3.2 Mobile TV
1.3.3 Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS)
1.4 Mobile handset trends
1.4.1 The featurephone to smartphone transition is accelerating
1.4.2 Handset form factors and user interfaces
1.4.3 Smartphones and tablets are becoming the main computing platform .
1.4.4 Wireless connectivity developments

2 Handset hardware platforms
2.1 Overview of handset hardware platforms
2.1.1 Handset hardware components
2.1.2 Mobile application processor technologies and architectures
2.1.3 Horizontal and vertical integration of connectivity technologies .
2.1.4 Host interfaces
2.1. Connectivity chipset integration challenges
2.2 The handset chipset industry
2.2.1 Industry consolidation and reorganisation will continue
2.2.2 Handset semiconductor revenues
2.2.3 Baseband and application processor vendors and market shares
2.2.4 Connectivity chipset vendors and market shares
2.3 Cellular platform vendor profiles
2.3.1 Broadcom
2.3.2 Intel
2.3.3 Marvell
2.3.4 MediaTek
2.3.5 MStar Semiconductor
2.3.6 NVIDIA
2.3.7 Qualcomm
2.3.8 Renesas Mobile Corporation
2.3.9 Spreadtrum Communications
2.3.10 ST-Ericsson

3 GNSS technologies
3.1 Overview of global navigation satellite systems
3.1.1 Global Positioning System (GPS)
3.1.2 Galileo
3.1.4 Compass/BeiDou 2
3.2 Mobile location technologies and platforms
3.2.1 Mobile network-based location technologies
3.2.2 Assisted GPS and A-GNSS
3.2.3 Bluetooth and Wi-Fi positioning
3.2.4 Hybrid and indoor location technologies
3.3 GPS and GNSS chipsets for handsets
3.3.1 Standalone receivers
3.3.2 Host-based receivers
3.3.3 Integrated receiver architectures
3.3.4 Software-based receivers
3.3.5 GNSS receivers for handsets
3.4 GNSS chipset vendors
3.4.1 GNSS IC vendor market shares
3.4.2 CellGuide
3.4.3 CSR
3.4.4 u-blox

4 Connectivity technologies
4.1 Bluetooth technologies
4.1.1 Bluetooth specifications
4.1.2 Bluetooth applications and profiles
4.2 Wireless LAN technologies
4.2.1 IEEE 802.11 WLAN standards .
4.2.2 Wi-Fi certification and specifications
4.2.3 Operator interest in Wi-Fi for mobile data offloading continues to grow
4.2.4 WLAN chipsets and handset integration issues
4.2.5 WLAN handset shipments trends
4.2.6 WLAN chipset vendor market shares
4.3 Near Field Communication technologies
4.3.1 NFC Forum specifications
4.3.2 NFC communication modes
4.3.3 NFC solution architectures and chipsets for handsets
4.3.4 NFC controller vendor market shares
4.3.5 Mobile wallet ecosystems
4.3.6 NFC handset availability and sales accelerated in 2012
4.4 Wireless charging technologies
4.4.1 Introduction to inductive charging technologies
4.4.2 Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP)
4.4.3 Power Matters Alliance (PMA)
4.4.4 Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) – Qi
4.4.5 Overview of wireless charging-enabled handsets
4.5 Connectivity chipset vendor profiles
4.5. Inside Secure
4.5.2 Nordic Semiconductor
4.5.3 NXP Semiconductors
4.5.4 Redpine Signals
4.5.5 Renesas Electronics
4.5.6 Samsung Electronics – System LSI
4.5.7 STMicroelectronics
4.5.8 Texas Instruments

5 The global handset market
5.1 Handset market trends
5.1.1 Smartphone ecosystem developments
5.1.2 Smartphone platform market shares
5.1.3 Handset vendor market shares
5.1.4 Best-selling smartphones in 2012
5.2 Handset vendor profiles
5.2.1 Apple
5.2.2 BlackBerry
5.2.3 HTC
5.2.4 Huawei
5.2.5 LG Electronics
5.2.6 Motorola Mobility
5.2.7 Nokia
5.2.8 Samsung Electronics
5.2.9 Sony Mobile Communications
5.2.10 ZTE
5.2.11 Lenovo
5.2.12 Micromax
5.2.13 Pantech
5.2.14 TCL Communication
5.2.15 Yulong – Coolpad

6 Market trends and forecasts
6.1 Market trends
6.1.1 Smartphone adoption drives connectivity attach rates
6.1.2 Consolidation in the wireless chipset industry set to continue .
6.1.3 Cost requirements favour development of integrated chipsets
6.1.4 Hybrid location technologies drive performance improvements in handsets .
6.2 Handset shipment forecasts .
6.2.1 Handset shipment forecasts by region and primary access technology
6.2.2 Handset shipment forecasts by category and price segment
6.2.3 GNSS-enabled handset shipment forecasts by segment
6.2.4 GNSS-enabled handset shipment forecasts by geographical region .
6.2.5 WLAN-enabled handset shipment forecasts
6.2.6 NFC-enabled handset shipment forecasts
6.3 Connectivity chipset shipments and revenue forecasts
6.3.1 GNSS receiver chipset revenue forecasts
6.3.2 Bluetooth, WLAN and NFC chipset revenue forecasts



List of Figures
Figure 1.1: Wireless cellular subscribers by standard (World 2011–2012)
Figure 1.2: Mobile subscriptions by region (World 2011–2012)
Figure 1.3: Unique mobile users and mobile phones in use (World 2010–2012)
Figure 1.4: Handset sales by technology and by region (World 2012)
Figure 1.5: Handset sales by connectivity technology (2007–2012)
Figure 1.6: Range versus throughput for wireless communication technologies
Figure 1.7: Handset shipments by segment and price range (World 2010–2012)
Figure 1.8: Mobile handset form factors
Figure 1.9: Smartphone shipments by primary input mechanism (World 2007–2012)
Figure 2.1: Mobile phone hardware and software platforms
Figure 2.2: Common chipset host interfaces
Figure 2.3: Handset semiconductor revenues by company (2012)
Figure 2.4: Cellular and connectivity chipset revenues (2009–2012)
Figure 2.5: Handset connectivity chipset market shares by revenues (2009–2012)
Figure 2.6: Key wireless IC and handset platform vendors
Figure 3.1: Current and planned Galileo and GPS signals
Figure 3.2: Mobile network location system overview
Figure 3.3: Assisted GPS technologies
Figure 3.4: GNSS chipset developers and offerings
Figure 3.5: GNSS IC vendor market shares, GSM/HSPA/LTE handsets (2007–2012)
Figure 4.1: Examples of Bluetooth profiles
Figure 4.2: IEEE 802.11 WLAN standards
Figure 4.3: Examples of WLAN ICs for mobile phones in production (Q2-2013)
Figure 4.4: WLAN-enabled handset shipments by standard (World 2006–2012)
Figure 4.5: WLAN IC vendor market shares (2006–2012)
Figure 4.6: NFC solution architectures in handsets
Figure 4.7: Examples of NFC controllers and combo chipsets by vendor
Figure 4.8: NFC controller vendor market shares (2009–2012)
Figure 4.9: SEI-TSM deployments (World Q1-2013)
Figure 4.10: Examples of commercially available NFC-enabled handsets (Q2-2013)
Figure 4.11: Number of NFC handsets available on the market by year (2010–2013)
Figure 4.12: NFC handset vendor market shares (2010–2012)
Figure 4.13: Examples of wireless charging-enabled handsets (Q1-2013)
Figure 4.14: Overview of handset connectivity chipset vendor offerings.
Figure 5.1: Smartphone shipments by vendor and OS (World 2012)
Figure 5.2: Handset vendor market shares and revenues (2012)
Figure 5.3: Examples of best-selling smartphones (2012)
Figure 5.4: Apple handset sales and market share.
Figure 5.5: BlackBerry handset sales and market share
Figure 5.6: HTC handset sales and market share.
Figure 5.7: Huawei handset sales and market share
Figure 5.8: LG handset sales and market share
Figure 5.9: Motorola handset sales and market share.
Figure 5.10: Nokia handset sales and market share
Figure 5.11: Samsung handset sales and market share.
Figure 5.12: Sony Mobile Communication handset sales and market share
Figure 5.13: ZTE handset sales and market share
Figure 6.1: Handset sales by region (2008–2017)
Figure 6.2: Handset shipments by air interface technology (World 2011–2017)
Figure 6.3: Handset shipments by segment and price range (World 2011–2017)
Figure 6.4: GNSS attach rate forecast by handset segment (World 2011–2017)
Figure 6.5: GNSS-enabled handset shipments by region (2011–2017).
Figure 6.6: WLAN attach rate forecast by handset segment (World 2011–2017)
Figure 6.7: NFC handset shipment forecast (World 2011–2017)
Figure 6.8: GNSS chipset revenues by category (World 2011–2017)
Figure 6.9: Bluetooth, WLAN and NFC chipset revenues (World 2011–2017)
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Shipments of NFC-enabled handsets grew 300 percent in 2012

According to a new research report by Berg Insight, global sales of handsets featuring Near Field Communication (NFC) grew 300 percent in 2012 to reach 140 million units. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48.2 percent, annual shipments are forecasted to reach 1 billion units by 2017. Wider adoption of NFC in mobile phones began in 2011 and accelerated in 2012 when the top-ten handset vendors released nearly 100 NFC-enabled models. NFC technology enables numerous applications such as information exchange, device pairing for establishing Bluetooth or WLAN connections, access control, electronic ticketing and secure contactless payments.

Berg Insight anticipates that it will take some time before the stakeholders agree on business models for payment networks and access to secure elements that store the sensitive user information in NFC-enabled handsets. “It is the sum of many possible use cases for NFC rather than one single killer application that make the technology compelling for smartphone vendors already today. Once developers gain experience with NFC and get access to a larger installed base of compatible handsets, we can also expect to see entirely new use cases not yet imagined”, concluded Mr André Malm, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight.

Connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth, WLAN and GPS are already standard features in most smartphones. Shipments of WLAN-enabled handsets increased to 700 million units in 2012 and the attach rate reached 44 percent. Several new WLAN standards and certification programmes are now being adopted to enable new use cases and improve the user experience when using WLAN in handsets. Wi-Fi Direct facilitates making device-to-device connections to enable content sharing and wireless connection to peripherals. Wi-Fi Miracast enables peer-to-peer HD video and audio streaming without cables, for instance between a smartphone and a TV. Wi-Fi Passpoint enables mobile devices to discover and connect to WLAN networks automatically without user intervention.

“Mobile operators that were initially sceptical about WLAN are now adopting a range of strategies for using WLAN as a cost-effective data offloading solution to handle the rise in data traffic from smartphones”, said André Malm. He adds that WLAN is also a central component in hybrid location solutions that can enable reliable indoor navigation services. Hybrid location solutions fuse signal measurements from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), cellular and WLAN network signals, together with data from sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses and altimeters.
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- Apple
- BlackBerry
- Broadcom
- CellGuide
- GNSS IC vendor market shares
- Huawei
- Inside Secure
- Intel
- Lenovo
- LG Electronics
- Marvell
- MediaTek
- Micromax
- Motorola Mobility
- MStar Semiconductor
- Nokia
- Nordic Semiconductor
- NXP Semiconductors
- Pantech
- Qualcomm
- Redpine Signals
- Renesas Electronics
- Renesas Mobile Corporation
- Samsung Electronics
- Samsung Electronics – System LSI
- Sony Mobile Communications
- Spreadtrum Communications
- ST-Ericsson
- STMicroelectronics
- TCL Communication
- Texas Instruments
- u-blox
- Yulong – Coolpad
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