During 2006, the Wi-Fi semiconductor market shipped just under 200 million Wi-Fi chipsets, and reached over 500 million chipset shipments cumulatively, according to the latest release of ABI Research's quarterly "Wi-Fi IC Market Share Analysis and Forecasts" database.
The research indicates that around the middle of 2008, the industry will have passed the one billion mark for cumulative chipset shipments. "Cumulative shipments of one billion Wi-Fi ICs mark a significant milestone," says principal analyst Philip Solis, "but even more impressive, there will be well over a billion chipsets shipped in 2012 alone, with cellular handsets and consumer electronics accounting for over two-thirds of that total."
The Wi-Fi IC database provides historical and forecast market data on a quarterly basis. Data and market share figures for the previous eight quarters are included, as is yearly data through 2012. The package includes annual overall IC market share statistics from 2001 to the present, as well as market share for laptops (mini-PCI and miniCard).
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