Surging demand for wireless connectivity fuels chipset shipments, says ABI

The increasing demand for wireless connectivity is fueling shipments of wireless chipsets, which ABI Research forecasts will reach nine billion units in 2019.

The demand for chipsets spans the range of technologies, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and ZigBee, the research firm notes.

From 2010 to 2014, more than 21 billion wireless connectivity chipsets were shipped cumulatively. Over the next five years, 39 billion are expected to be shipped.

"That is over 60 billion wireless connectivity chipsets that will have shipped over the ten year span from 2010 to 2019, driven by the emergence of new device types. There is constant change in the wireless connectivity space across wireless connectivity technologies, versions of technologies, and levels of integration at the same time," says research director Philip Solis.

This year, 60 percent of wireless connectivity chipsets will be standalone, increasing to two-thirds in 2019. Leading vendors in standalone chipsets include Bluetooth, Broadcom, MediaTek and RDA.

That growth will be at the expense of combo chipsets, which will fall in market share over the next five years. By contrast, the market share of integrated platforms will remain steady, according to ABI. Leading vendors for integrated platforms include Broadcom, Intel, Marvell, MediaTek and Qualcomm Atheros.

"Wireless connectivity chipsets go into a vast array of types of products, and the dynamics of connectivity technologies and integration levels varies among them resulting in the aggregate effects we see. The technologies and integration level are going to be different in smartphones versus home automation versus other product types in the Internet of Things," adds Solis.

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