Total USB-Enabled Device Shipments to Approach 6 Billion in 2015

Throughout 2010, USB continued its run as the most successful interface ever, with over 3.5 billion devices shipping worldwide in the PC, PC peripheral, consumer electronic (CE), communications, and automotive product segments. Today there are three different specifications to handle additional speed and data requirements, and although not all have met with the same amount of success, each plays a significant role in connecting a myriad of electronic devices.  New In-Stat ( research forecasts the total USB-enabled device shipments will approach 6 billion in 2015.

“The transition to SuperSpeed USB is occurring more quickly than we anticipated last year, due to quicker integration of the new standard into core logic chipsets,” according to Brian O'Rourke, Research Director. “USB will grow at over 7% through 2015 with most of that growth coming from SuperSpeed devices, particularly after 2011. Both low-/full-speed and high-speed USB will remain relevant throughout the forecast period as well. Low-/full-speed will remain the interface of choice in HIDs, and high-speed will remain in many PC peripheral and CE applications.”

Other details from the report include:

  • Low-Speed and Full-Speed USB-enabled device unit shipments peaked in 2010 with over 870 million units.

  • In 2013, Super-Speed USB will have an attach rate of 70% in Blu-ray players.

  • Over 38 million broadband routers will ship with High-Speed USB capability in 2015.

  • In 2015, 28% of all USB-enable devices will ship with SuperSpeed USB capability.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,  USB by Device, Q4'11 Forecast (#IN1104982MI), which provides forecasts of the worldwide USB device market for the 2010-2015 period with detailed segmentation by device type and technology.

Device Forecasts are provided for:

  • Cellular devices (basic and feature phones, smartphones, external cellular modems, mobile hotspots)
  • Computing devices (desktops, mini-notes, notebooks, tablets)
  • Networking devices (broadband routers, cable modems, DSL modems, residential gateways)
  • Peripheral devices (Blu-ray drives, DVD drives, external web cameras, external hard drives/enclosures, discrete
  • USB host controllers, flash card readers, flash drives, game controllers , hubs, keyboards, mice, mobile PC docking stations, multifunction peripherals, ink jet printers, laser printers, scanners, speakers, USB adapters)
  • Portable consumer electronics devices (digital still cameras, digital camcorders, E-readers, MP3 players, personal media players [PMPs], personal navigation devices [PNDs], handheld game consoles)
  • Stationary consumer electronics devices (A/V receivers, Blu-ray players, DVD players, DVD recorders, digital photo frames, digital televisions, cable set top boxes, IP/DSL set top boxes, standalone PVRs, streaming media players, satellite set top boxes, terrestrial set top boxes, video game consoles)

Forecasts are also broken down further into the following technology segments:

  • Low-Speed and Full-Speed
  • High-Speed
  • Super-Speed

This research is part of In-Stat's Multimedia Interfaces service, which provides comprehensive analysis and forecasts the worldwide markets for interface technologies and tracks penetration of these technologies into PCs, PC peripherals, consumer electronics, communications, automotive and industrial applications.

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