USB Market Will Get SuperSpeed Boost After Slower 2009

Wed, 01/27/2010 - 11:56am

USB Market Will Get SuperSpeed Boost After Slower 2009

Although the global recession will prompt a slight decline in USB-enabled device shipments this year, next-generation “SuperSpeed” technology will fuel the market over the next several years, reports In-Stat SuperSpeed, USB's new incarnation, will deliver 5Gbps, a ten-fold improvement over high-speed USB. With the late 2009 introduction of SuperSpeed, the question is not whether it will be successful, but how successful it will be.

All PCs, and most PC peripherals have transitioned from full-speed to high-speed. Most of these devices will eventually transition to SuperSpeed, the only issue is the speed of the transition. For PC peripheral devices, the key will be how quickly SuperSpeed is integrated into the application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and microcontrollers that are the brains of these devices.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • With over three billion devices shipped in 2008 alone, USB is the most successful interface ever.   It has been broadly adopted across PCs, PC peripherals, consumer electronics (CE), communications and automotive devices.

  • Consumer electronics devices with USB will rise at a 6.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2008 and 2013.

  • Although mini-USB ports have not made significant progress as a connector on mobile phones, micro-USB ports are expected to become the dominant standard for connectors in mobile phones by 2013.  

  • USB in computer mice will remain the single highest volume PC peripheral category.

  • SuperSpeed USB will represent over 25% of the USB market by 2013.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,   Wired USB 2009: High-Speed Rules, SuperSpeed on the Way (#IN0904460MI), which covers the worldwide market for USB and USB-enabled devices. It includes:

  • USB-enabled device forecasts by type and by detailed product category through 2013.
  • USB-enabled device penetration forecasts by detailed product category through 2013.
  • Product category segmentation for
    • Computers: Desktop PCs, Mobile PCs
    • Computer Peripherals: Mobile PC Docking Stations, Discrete Host Controllers, Ink Jet and Laser Printers, Multifunction Peripherals , Scanners, Web Cameras, LCD Monitors, External Hard Disk Drives, External Optical Writers (DVD and CD), Standalone Flash Card Readers, Hubs, Keyboards and Mice, Gamepads and Joysticks, USB Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Adaptors, USB Flash Drives, USB PC Speakers
    • Consumer Electronics: Digital Still Cameras, Digital Camcorders, Digital Televisions, Personal Digital Assistants, Set-Top Boxes (STBs), Standalone PVRs, Portable Media Players, Video Game Consoles, Handheld Game Consoles, DVD Recorders, DVD Players, Blue Laser DVD Recorders, Blue Laser DVD Players, A/V Receivers
    • Communications: Mobile Phones, External Cable and DSL Modems and Gateways, External Cellular Modems
    • Automotive
  • Results from In-Stat's residential technology survey regarding USB.
  • SB silicon vendor profiles: Cypress Semiconductor, DisplayLink, Fresco Logic, Gennum, Intel, LSI, LucidPort Technology, MCCI, NEC, PLX (Oxford Semiconductor), SMSC, STEriccson, Symwave, Synopsys, Texas Instruments.
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This research is part of In-Stat's Multimedia & Interface Technologies service, which identifies and forecasts the markets for key interface technologies and tracks penetration of these technologies into PCs, PC peripherals, consumer electronics, communications, automotive and industrial applications. It also examines competitors, industry agendas, technology platforms, semiconductor technology and shipments. Supply and demand-side insights are combined to examine these dynamic, evolving technologies.

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