(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
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High-Speed Wireless Devices to Surge in Shipments, Thanks to
Multistream Wi-Fi, WiGig and Other Similar Technologies
El Segundo, CA (Dec. 11, 2013)--The global market for high-speed
wireless-enabled devices is set for explosive growth within the
next five years as more consumer electronics products take
advantage of rapid wireless transfer capabilities, according to
a new report from IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
Annual shipments of high-speed wireless-enabled devices such as
smartphones, televisions and mobile PCs are expected to reach
503 million devices by 2018, up more than tenfold from 49
million units anticipated in 2013. Growth during the next three
years will be tremendous, ranging from 60 to 120 percent, with
expansion during the last two years of the forecast window
moderating somewhat to still-high increases of up to 30 percent,
as shown in the attached figure.
A high-speed wireless-enabled device, as defined by IHS, is one
that includes at least one of the following technologies:
WirelessHD, WHDI, 802.11ad (WiGig) or multi-stream Wi-Fi
(802.11n 3x3 higher or 802.11ac 2x2 and higher). These
technologies, in turn, are known for featuring wireless speeds
several times faster than that of 802.11n and earlier, which
offer velocities anywhere between 72 megabits per second (mbps)
to 530 mbps typical of Wi-Fi.
“Much of the anticipated growth in the high-speed wireless
industry will be attributed to the increase of both WiGig and
multistream Wi-Fi in mobile and home entertainment applications
by the end of the forecast period,” said Stephanie Gibbons,
senior analyst for connectivity at IHS. “In particular, WiGig
and multistream Wi-Fi are the two technologies set to drive
high-speed wireless adoption into key consumer electronics
The Top 3 revenue opportunities for suppliers of high-speed
wireless integrated circuits will be smartphones, TVs and mobile
PCs, Gibbons noted. By 2018, some 1.7 billion high-speed
wireless ICs will ship cumulatively into these three and various
Also in 2018, some 537 million high-speed wireless modules are
expected to ship, almost 60 percent of which will consist of
multistream Wi-Fi modules. Routers and set-top boxes will
represent the largest applications for multi-stream Wi-Fi.
Among the various high-speed wireless technologies, WHDI is
projected to move away from traditional consumer electronics
uses toward more niche applications, such as high-end video
production and real-time streaming of high-definition content.
For its part, the current use cases for 60-GHz WiGig technology
are wireless docking, which pushes video from a WiGig-enabled PC
to a wireless display. WiGig is expected to go into mobile
devices by the end of 2015, which will drive increased shipments
of WiGig chips.
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