WiMAX Chipset Market To Be Driven By Mobile PCs Through 2012

The emerging WiMAX chipset market will be driven primarily by embedded Mobile WiMAX in mobile PCs through 2012, reports In-Stat (  WiMAX Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), external clients and dual-mode cellular/WiMAX handsets will also help drive WiMAX chipset volumes through 2012.  Major players in the user terminal chipset space in 2007 were Sequans, Intel, Beceem, Runcom and GCT Semiconductor.

The total WiMAX user terminal chipset market will reach almost $500 million in 2012, growing from $27 million in 2007.  Furthermore, WiMAX base station semiconductor revenues are expected to be approximately $1.4 billion in 2012, compared to $130 million in 2007.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • A multitude of chipset companies completely focused on the Mobile WiMAX market are expected to commercially release products in 2008, including Altair, Amicus, ApaceWave, Comsys, NextWave, Redpine Signals and XROnet.

  • WiMAX Radio Frequency IC (RFIC) chip vendors—Maxim, PMC-Sierra, NXP, and Analog Devices—experienced solid wins over the course of 2007.  Other WiMAX radio chip vendors include Sierra Monolithics, Atmel, and AsicAhead.  

  • The WiMAX base station semiconductor market is dominated by picoChip, TI, Freescale, Sequans, and Runcom.

  • Intel's combination Mobile WiMAX and Wi-Fi Echo Peak module, which will launch as an option to the company's Montevina mobile processor platform release in 2008, is expected to drive the adoption of embedded WiMAX into mobile PCs.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,   WiMAX Chipset Market: Faith in Mobile WiMAX Drives Expected Volume Growth Worldwide (#IN0703847WT), which covers the worldwide market for WiMAX chipsets. It provides forecasts for user terminal chipsets by product category, and base station semiconductor revenue through 2012. Extensive analysis of the competitive landscape is included. In addition to the report, Gemma and other In-Stat analysts provide consulting services on a variety of technical and market topics regarding the semiconductor and electronics industries.

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This research is part of In-Stat's Cellular and Wireless Broadband Technologies service, which analyzes worldwide semiconductor component trends within the Cellular, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and other emerging wireless broadband technology markets. This service provides comprehensive coverage of cellular and wireless broadband IC component markets and trends within mobile devices, Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and infrastructure.

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