According to a report from ABI Research, over 5 billion wireless connectivity chips will ship in 2013. This will include standalone Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, and ZigBee, as well as connectivity combo integrated circuits and platform solutions.
ABI Research said that the current market leader Broadcom is expected to continue its lead due to the growing connectivity combo integrated circuit market. For Qualcomm, the chip manufacturer will see continued growth due to strong sales of mobile devices that are powered by the company's Snapdragon processor. Recently, we reported that Qualcomm has become the world's third largest supplier of semiconductor chips and it looks set to end the year with a stunning 27.2% growth in semiconductor revenue. In addition to the combo IC market, ABI Research reported that standalone wireless connectivity ICs will gain market traction as newer technologies such as Bluetooth Smart, WiGig, and NFC penetrate high volume applications. These IC platforms are also expected to be adopted at an increasing rate in developing markets such as sports & fitness, automotive and retail.
“In the next few years we will see some very important milestones achieved for the wireless connectivity market,” said Peter Cooney, wireless connectivity practice director. “In 2013 cumulative shipments of Bluetooth-enabled devices will surpass 10 billion and Wi-Fi enabled devices will surpass 10 billion cumulative shipments in 2015. This clearly shows the level of penetration into the electronics market that wireless connectivity technologies have achieved, and there is a lot more to come as the consumers’ appetite for wire free solutions will continue unabated.”
For more information about the ABI Research's report, head over to their comprehensive Wireless Connectivity Database.