LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio’s latest Global Wi-Fi Chipset Market report highlights three key emerging trends predicted to impact market growth through 2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as something that has potential for significant impact on the market and contributes to its growth or decline.
“Consumers are heavily dependent on applications such as Skype, WhatsApp, Google Voice, and Viber for video calling. Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) enables mobile phone users to make video calls using a smartphone interface over any cellular network. Thus, the popularity of VoWi-Fi is a major driver for the Wi-Fi-chipset market during the forecast period,” said Asif Gani, one of Technavio’s lead industry analysts for embedded systems research.
“Wi-Fi-supported small cell technology is likely to open great avenues for VoWi-Fi. While voice over LTE and HSPA networks are a relatively new concept, VoWi-Fi has been in the industry for a long time and is expected to gain considerable traction in the telecom sphere during the forecast period,” added Asif.
Technavio’s market research study identifies the following three emerging trends expected to propel growth of the global Wi-Fi chipset market:
- Emergence of dual-band routers
- Evolution of IEEE 802.11 wireless standards
- Internet of Things
Emergence of dual-band routers
Wi-Fi technology uses 2.4 GHz and 5GHz frequencies for data transfer. As most devices, from baby monitors to Bluetooth, use the 2.4 GHz frequency, it is becoming over-crowded and slower. Thus, a large number of vendors are focusing on developing dual-band routers. These routers consist of two different types of wireless radios to support connections on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. These routers allow users to pick and connect to the strongest Wi-Fi signal. Technavio predicts that the emergence of dual-band routers will foster the growth of the Wi-Fi chipset market during the forecast period.
Evolution of IEEE 802.11 wireless standards
The continuous evolution of the IEEE 801.11 standard creates a significant impact on the global Wi-Fi chipset market. In 1997, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) created the first LAN standard 802.11 to support a maximum bandwidth of 2 Mbps. In 1999, 802.11a and 802.11b standards were introduced to support up to 11 Mbps of bandwidth and offer a strong signal range at low cost. 802.11a is comparatively more expensive than 802.11b and is mainly used in business networks. After 2000, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11 ac were ratified to offer fast speed, high signal range, and less interference. Thus, the continuous development in the IEEE 802.11 wireless standard is an emerging trend that is expected to foster the market's growth during the forecast period.
Internet of Things
The IoT is the latest trend in the global technology arena. It aims to connect essential electronic objects such as cars, TVs, coffee makers, and automated door locks to the Internet. This will result in households with IoT-connected electronics that will sense the surrounding environment and act accordingly. The substantial technological requirements involved in the IoT are likely to generate a need for specialized Wi-Fi chipsets such as Qualcomm’s QCA401x Wi-Fi chip. The demand for Wi-Fi chipsets will rise with the growing market presence of the IoT during the forecast period.
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