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More Than 1 Billion Devices to use Embedded Wireless Networking

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Shipments of electronic products with embedded wireless local area networking technology (WLAN) will surpass one billion units for the first time ever in 2011 and then rise to more than two billion in 2015, as ubiquitous connectivity increasingly becomes a standard feature, new IHS iSuppli research indicates.

Shipments of consumer electronics, computer, communications and automotive products with built-in WLAN capability such as Wi-Fi will amount to 1.2 billion units in 2011, up 35.8 percent from 880.4 billion units in 2010. In 2015, shipments will nearly double from the 2011 level to reach 2.2 billion, as presented in the attached figure.

“In today’s world of connected electronics, consumers expect seamless access to Internet communications, services and content in any place and at any time,” said Dr. Jagdish Rebello, senior director and principal analyst for communications and consumer electronics at IHS. “From sharing Facebook news on their iPads, to viewing Hulu programs on their flat-panel TVs, to streaming audio and video in cars with their automotive infotainment systems, consumers depend on built-in WLAN technology to get the most out of their electronic products. Because of this, embedded WLAN is becoming the norm for all kinds of devices.”

In 2011, 19.7 percent of suitable devices shipped worldwide will have some form of embedded WLAN, up from 15.6 percent in 2010. By 2015, that percentage will rise to 28.1 percent.

The penetration of embedded WLAN has risen dramatically in recent years, expanding from just 1 percent of these devices in 2002.

IHS iSuppli research tracks 28 major categories of electronic products that are adopting WLAN technology. These devices include PCs, cell phones, digital cameras and camcorders, home and handheld video game consoles, televisions, set-top boxes and portable navigation devices.

Early adopters
Several product categories in 2011 already are expected to have 100 percent penetration for embedded WLAN, including media tablets, access point/routers and handheld video game consoles. Others are near 100 percent, such as mobile PCs and home video game consoles. In terms of shipments, cell phones represent the largest category for embedded WLAN, with 512.8 million units set to ship this year. Mobile PCs will come in second at 230.1 million units. Fast growers
During the next few years, the fastest growth in embedded WLAN will be generated by other categories of devices.

Leading the way will be automotive electronics head units, whose embedded WLAN penetration will rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 98.2 percent from 2010 to 2015. The penetration of embedded WLAN technology in liquid crystal display televisions (LCD TVs) will rise at a CAGR of 77.8 percent from 2010 to 2015. By the end of 2015, a significant majority of LCD TVs will include embedded WLAN, up from 2 percent in 2010 and 9 percent in 2011.

Other fast-growing segments in the coming years will be digital camcorders and still cameras, DVD players and recorders, and e-book readers.

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7 comments on “More Than 1 Billion Devices to use Embedded Wireless Networking

  1. Wale Bakare
    April 15, 2011

    I share from the research piece – forecast about embedded components will surely reach that level, especially at faster rate than market researchers had forecast.

    The other area of embedded wireless networking forcing its way to commercial scene is sensor networks. The much talkabout in the next evolving technology – smart grid where telecommunication + software technology + electricity concantenated to a techno-fibricated infrastructure. I see wireless sensor network playing crucial role in successful development and implementation smart grid scheme.

  2. Nemos
    April 19, 2011

    In addition WiFi is the “mouth” of the device , and  this feature is compulsory to have in our device  if we want our device to communicate with the world. I will not be surprised if I see in the market a refrigerator with WiFi feature. 

  3. elctrnx_lyf
    April 20, 2011

    All the products are going wireless, this has created a tremondus increase in the sales of wireless technology related components. I think the trend is only on the rising side as more n more wat to wireless and the users always like it.

  4. t.alex
    April 22, 2011

    Nemos, indeed. Household appliances are becoming more equipped with wifi to be fully connected. Nevertheless, beware of hackers !

  5. Nemos
    April 22, 2011

    Yes , so true ,technology goes hand by hand with security issues.

    Imagine one day , hackers can crack my home security code and to have access in my refrigerator.

  6. electronics862
    April 25, 2011

    The Wi-Fi has a broad application nowadays. Because of the comfortable and quick installation people often go with Wi-Fi,at the same time being wireless is an advantage but if its not a secured network then it becomes dangerous as someone can hack into all of your files..

  7. mario8a
    April 27, 2011

    I don't think security will be a problem, as the technology is moving forward, in parallel the security systems in place. 

    I find out the finger prints are not loger a reliable method for ID, now the use the vane ptraon on the palm of the hand.

    do you know someone that can hack a hotmail account?  is not as simple as 10 years ago.





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