The shipment of electronic components with embedded wireless local area networking technology (WLAN) is expected to surpass one billion units in 2011, researchers forecast.
According to new IHS iSuppli research, this will be the first time shipments will go past one billion units, and it is expected this will rise to more than two billion in 2015.
The reason behind the increase in demand of this particular electronic component is due to its role in consumer products where it is used increasingly to provide ubiquitous connectivity.
Consumer electronics, computers, communications and automotive products with built-in WLAN capability such as Wi-Fi will amount to 1.2 billion units in 2011, up by 35.8 percent from 2010.
“In today’s world of connected electronics, consumers expect seamless access to Internet communications, services and content in any place and at any time,” said Dr Jagdish Rebello, IHS senior director and principle analyst for communications and consumer electronics at IHS.
“Consumers depend on built-in WLAN technology to get the most out of their electronic products. Because of this, embedded WLAN is becoming the norm for all kinds of devices.”
There are 28 major categories of electronic products, according to the study, that are adopting WLAN technology, and these include PCs, cell phones, digital cameras and camcorders, home and handheld video game consoles, televisions, set-top boxes and portable navigation devices.
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