802.15.4 Semiconductor Revenues to Surpass $1 Billion in 2015

ZigBee is an open standard technology that runs on the 802.15.4 radio standard (PHY) and MAC. The technology is low-cost, low-power, self-healing, and scalable, and it offers mesh technology and application profiles for home automation, smart energy, building automation, healthcare, retail, telecom, even an application layer to be used to build 3D glasses. So ZigBee is an open standard, crafted by everyone to do everything. But it is in the smart grid that future growth is most anticipated. New In-Stat ( research forecasts that semiconductor revenues for 802.15.4 will likely surpass $1 billion in 2015 with over 71% coming from the smart grid/automated meter reading market.

“ZigBee seems like a natural technology to funnel smart meter data back to the utility,” says Norm Bogen, VP Digital Entertainment.  “After all, ZigBee is already in the vast majority of smart meters that communicate with devices inside the home. The technology seems destined to mesh with other smart meters to carry the data back to the utility. The next sizable markets for ZigBee technology are home automation, driven by energy savings, and consumer lighting, due to the sheer number of lighting fixtures in the home and office.”  

Some of the findings include:

  • Smart energy is the largest volume growth opportunity at this time

  • The US leads in market deployments of smart meters.

  • Hospital applications are focused on asset tracking and patient tracking.

  • The telcos and MSOs are looking at security systems as an area to build a new revenue stream.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,  802.15.4 and ZigBee (#IN1104984MI), which covers the worldwide market for 802.15.4 and ZigBee technology. This PowerPoint report plus Excel forecast deliverable includes:

  • Chipset forecast for ZigBee and 802.15.4through 2021 for unit shipments and revenues
  • Application forecasts including residential automation, commercial and government building control, lighting, medical, smart grid, industrial process control, and consumer electronics
  • Competitive standards, protocols, and working groups
  • Major market players including: Ember, Freescale, Microchip, Google, NXP, Philips, and Texas Instruments

This research is part of In-Stat's Multimedia Interfaces service, which provides comprehensive analysis, 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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