Broadcom Tops Recent ABI Research Hybrid Home Networking Competitive
Assessment; Qualcomm and MStar Finish Second and Third Respectively
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- January 24, 2013
Broadcom led a recent Competitive Assessment of the hybrid home networking
markets owing to its delivery of multiple technologies, including MoCA,
HomePlug, and Wi-Fi, and its leading role in set-top box markets. ABI Research
evaluated wired home networking IC vendors on various factors including:
market-share, product portfolio, and activity in the hybrid networking space.
These factors were divided between two main axes of Innovation and
Implementation. Broadcom’s market-share in 2011 (the last full calendar year
available at time of publication) fell below unit market leader Entropic, but
its more diverse portfolio pushed it to the top.
Qualcomm Atheros (QCA) and MStar Semiconductor captured the overall second and
third positions in the vendor matrix. Broadcom scored highest in both axes
while Qualcomm shared second place in the Implementation category with
Entropic and the Innovation category with MStar.
Senior analyst Michael Inouye commented, “Broadcom’s and Qualcomm’s proactive
work in the hybrid networking space were significant factors in this analysis
– with Broadcom’s wider product portfolio giving the company the edge. MStar
and Entropic are expected to become more competitive as their products evolve,
particularly when each company offers more highly integrated solutions.”
Hybrid networking solutions (wired/wireless), notably wireless range
extenders, will continue to gain importance as mobile devices become
increasingly integral in consumers’ digital lifestyles. As part of this
evolution, integrated solutions will help expand the installed bases of these
wired technologies; an essential process for more widespread consumer
Practice director Sam Rosen added, “Companies with diverse product portfolios
offer more highly integrated solutions, and allow manufacturers to develop
unified platforms to suit operator’s needs on a regional basis. Both Broadcom
and Qualcomm have diversified and integrated portfolios. Other vendors rely on
partnerships to offer reference designs for new markets. In the future, G.hn
could dramatically alter the landscape of the wired home networking markets,
impacting upcoming vendor matrices.”
This is part of ABI Research’s Home Networking
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