Wi-Fi Chipset Evolution: From 802.11n to 802.11ac and 802.11ad

The natural progression of Wi-Fi into more capable protocols and new use cases will have a profound effect on the Wi-Fi chipset industry. Smaller players will try to make a land grab for market share while the established players will defend their turf. In the meantime, the shift to 802.11ac and to dual-band and tri-band solutions, also including 802.11ad, will bolster Wi-Fi chipset ASPs. This will change what would otherwise have been flattening revenue into continually growing revenue over the next five years. This study addresses the driving forces behind what will finally move into the 5 GHz and 60 GHz bands and what has fueled reluctance to change and kept Wi-Fi as mostly a single-band 2.4 GHz solution. It also addresses the shift from SISO to MIMO, including in lower power portable devices, which was previously unthinkable. This study forecasts the shift from 802.11n to 802.11ac and 802.11ad, dual- and tri-band configurations including 802.11ad, and also forecasts various MIMO configurations. This is done for difference product categories and rolled up into the top line segmented forecasts. The study also profiles chipset vendors and their 802.11n, 802.11ac, and 802.11ad product offerings, which bands each supports, and which MIMO configurations each supports.

Table of Contents

  • Top Line Forecast
  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 2. TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
    • 2.1. 802.11n as a Baseline
    • 2.2. 802.11n Permutations:
    • 2.3. 802.11ac
    • 2.4. 802.11ad
    • 2.5. A Note on Wi-Fi's Position and Competing Technologies
    • 2.6. A Note on 802.11ac versus 802.11ad
  • 3. MARKET ISSUES
    • 3.1. Drivers, Barriers, and Opportunities for Dual-band 802.11n
    • 3.2. Drivers, Barriers, and Opportunities for 802.11n without MIMO (1x1)
    • 3.3. Drivers, Barriers, and Opportunities for 802.11n with MIMO
    • 3.4. Drivers, Barriers, and Opportunities for 802.11ac
    • 3.5. Drivers, Barriers, and Opportunities for 802.11ad
    • 3.6. Other Considerations around 802.11ac and 802.11ad
  • 4. KEY INDUSTRY PLAYERS
    • 4.1. 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ad Product Snapshot
    • 4.2. Broadcom
    • 4.3. CSR
    • 4.4. Intel
    • 4.5. Marvell
    • 4.6. Mediatek
    • 4.7. Nanoradio
    • 4.8. Qualcomm
    • 4.9. Quantenna
    • 4.10. Redpine Signals
    • 4.11. Texas Instruments
    • 4.12. Wi-Fi Alliance
    • 4.13. WiGig Alliance
  • 5. MARKET FORECASTS
    • 5.1. Methodology and Assumptions
    • 5.2. Market Forecasts
  • 6. ACRONYMS
    • 6.1. Sources and Methodology
    • 6.2. Notes

Charts

  1. 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ad Shipments by Band and MIMO Configuration, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  2. 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ad Shipments by Band and MIMO Configuration
  3. Wi-Fi Product Shipments by Product Type
  4. Wi-Fi Product Shipments by Product Category
  5. 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ad Shipments by Band and MIMO Configuration
  6. Wi-Fi Chipset ASPs by Primary Protocols
  7. Wi-Fi Chipset Revenue by Primary Protocols
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Research Information

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Publish Date
3Q 2011
Code
RR-WIFIC-11
Research Type
Research Report Report
Pages
29