Ultra-Low Power Wireless Connectivity IC Market to Grow to over $2 Billion by 2016, According to ABI Research

  Ultra-Low Power Wireless Connectivity IC Market to Grow to over $2 Billion
  by 2016, According to ABI Research

Business Wire

LONDON -- January 2, 2013

ABI Research expects the ultra-low power wireless connectivity IC market to
grow to over $2 billion annual revenues by 2016. This will be shared by a
number of technologies with Bluetooth Smart and 802.15.4 being the two main

“Bluetooth Smart has seen strong growth in applications such as sports and
fitness equipment, in many cases supplanting proprietary technologies,”
commented Peter Cooney, wireless connectivity practice director. “Bluetooth
Smart device shipments are expected to grow to over 1 Billion units per annum
in the next five years as manufacturers of devices such as remote controls,
home automation sensors, and PC accessories embrace the ultra-low power
capability of Bluetooth Smart and take advantage of the massive ecosystem of
Bluetooth devices.”

There will be significant competition from other technologies. ZigBee’s mesh
networking capability with theoretically unlimited node count gives it a
significant advantage over Bluetooth Smart in markets where large nodes counts
are likely, such as home networking. However, in point-to-point applications
including TV remote controls, wireless mice, and keyboards, Bluetooth Smart
will prevail due largely to the high penetration rates of Bluetooth Smart
Ready in many consumer devices. In the longer term low-power Wi-Fi is also
expected to be a competitor as this technology is developed.

The ultra-low power wireless connectivity market is set apart from many
traditional consumer markets for wireless connectivity as it is dominated by
lower volume designs, spread across many different customers, much like many
industrial markets. Vendors such as Texas Instruments, Freescale
Semiconductor, and STMicroelectronics are at an advantage having operated very
successful catalogue type businesses for many years. Texas Instruments is seen
as being in the strongest position currently, having the widest product
portfolio, however, competition will be fierce over the next five years as the
market grows and other vendors expand their presence in the market.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Bluetooth
(http://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/bluetooth/) and 802.15.4 Wireless
Sensor Networks
Research Services.

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