Mobile PCs and Smartphones to Be Top Revenue Opportunities for IC Suppliers

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Mobile PCs and smartphones will represent the top revenue opportunities for high speed wireless integrated circuit (IC) suppliers by 2018 as these devices are projected to be the highest volume applications in this market over the next five years according to a new report from IHS Technology.

Between 2013 and 2018, more than 400 million high-speed wireless ICs are projected to ship cumulatively into the mobile PC market, generating global revenue of $2.5 billion, according to the IHS report.

During the same period, more than 80 million high-speed wireless ICs are projected to ship cumulatively into the smartphone market, with worldwide revenue forecast to exceed $260 million in 2018.

IHS defines a high-speed wireless-enabled device as 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).

Shipments of high-speed, wireless-enabled mobile PCs are forecast to exceed 125 million devices in 2018, driven primarily by the adoption of multi-stream Wi-Fi for these devices, as presented in the attached figure.

"The primary use cases for high-speed wireless mobile PCs will span both the consumer and enterprise markets," said Stephanie Gibbons, senior analyst for connectivity at IHS. "In the home, high-speed wireless-enabled PCs will be used to stream HD content to the TV on the home network. In the office space, mobile PCs equipped with high-speed wireless will be able to receive and transfer large files in seconds-compared to minutes-and act as a source device for larger displays for use in applications such as video conferencing."

Annual shipments of high-speed wireless-enabled smartphones will reach 36 million devices in 2018, IHS projects, driven principally by the adoption of 60-gigahertz technology. The primary use for high-speed wireless smartphones is expected to be HD video streaming from the smartphone to the TV within the home entertainment network.

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