Wi-Fi Semiconductors: 802.11ac, MIMO, and 802.11ad

Wi-Fi continues to remain relevant as it evolves to meet the needs of users and match the capabilities of devices. With 802.11ac, dual-band chipsets will proliferate quickly, and 802.11ad will bring tri-band chipsets to market as well. The complexity of Wi-Fi chipset products are increasing with a number of permutations of products dictated by the number of bands, MIMO configurations, channel size supported, and 60 GHz antenna array sizes and beamforming options. There will be many different products to meet different needs. 1X1 MIMO for 802.11ac in handsets is a given, but only for a limited time as at least one major semiconductor vendor is working on 2X2 802.11ac for handsets. With the combination of 802.11ac with 802.11ad, different tradeoffs can be made between those two protocols to optimize the capabilities for a given device.

This report looks at 802.11ac and 802.11ad in the context of major considerations being made. Shipment forecasts compare legacy Wi-Fi protocols (802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g) to 802.11n and 802.11ac for various product groups across handsets, non-handset mobile devices, the connected home, and other products. 802.11ad shipment forecasts are provided for these product types as well. Wi-Fi semiconductor vendors are also profiled.

  • 1. WI-FI'S CONTINUED EVOLUTION MAINTAINS RELEVANCE
  • 2. 802.11AC
    • 2.1. Wi-Fi Protocol Shift
      • 2.1.1. Overall
      • 2.1.2. Handsets
      • 2.1.3. Non-handset Mobile Devices
      • 2.1.4. Connected Home
      • 2.1.5. Other Products
    • 2.2. Wi-Fi Bands, MIMO, and Concurrency
    • 2.3. IEEE 802.11ac Dominated by Just a Few Vendors for Now
  • 3. IEEE 802.11AD/WIGIG
    • 3.1. WiGig Alliance Absorbed by Wi-Fi Alliance
    • 3.2. IEEE 802.11ad Applications
    • 3.3. IEEE 802.11ad Opportunity
      • 3.3.1. Overall
      • 3.3.2. Handsets
      • 3.3.3. Non-handset Mobile Devices
      • 3.3.4. Connected Home
      • 3.3.5. Other Products
    • 3.4. WirelessHD as a Competing 60 GHz Solution
  • 4. WI-FI SEMICONDUCTOR VENDORS STAKING GROUND WITH NEWER PROTOCOLS
    • 4.1. Beam Networks
    • 4.2. Broadcom
    • 4.3. Celeno
    • 4.4. Intel
    • 4.5. Marvell
    • 4.6. MediaTek
    • 4.7. Nitero
    • 4.8. Peraso Tech
    • 4.9. Qualcomm Atheros
    • 4.10. Quantenna Communications
    • 4.11. Redpine Signals
    • 4.12. Silicon Image
    • 4.13. STMicroelectronics
    • 4.14. Texas Instruments
    • 4.15. Wi-Fi Alliance
    • 4.16. Wilocity

Tables

  1. Stand-alone Wi-Fi Chipset ASPs by Bands and Protocol, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2018

Charts

  1. Total Wi-Fi Chipset Shipments by Protocol, Up to 802.11ac, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2018
  2. Wi-Fi Chipset Shipments by Protocol for Handsets, Up to 802.11ac, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2018
  3. Wi-Fi Chipset Shipments by Protocol for Non-handset Mobile Devices (Laptops, Ultrabooks, Media Tablets), Up to 802.11ac, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2018
  4. Wi-Fi Chipset Shipments by Protocol for Connected Home (Access Points, Wireline CE, Portable CE), Up to 802.11ac, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2018
  5. Wi-Fi Chipset Shipments by Protocol for Other Wi-Fi Products, Up to 802.11ac, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2018
  6. Total 802.11ad Chipset Shipments, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2018
  7. 802.11ad Chipset Shipments for Smartphones, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2018
  8. 802.11ad Chipset Shipments for Non-handset Mobile Devices (Laptops, Ultrabooks, Media Tablets), World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2018
  9. 802.11ad Chipset Shipments for Connected Home (Access Points, Wireline CE, Portable CE), World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2018
  10. 802.11ad Chipset Shipments for Other Wi-Fi Products, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2018
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Research Information

Publish Date
2Q 2013
Code
AN-1127
Research Type
Technology Analysis Report
Pages
19