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Bluetooth market to shine brightly

27th Apr 2001
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Bluetooth Enabled EquipmentDespite delays, economic slowdown and a recent slew of negative reports, the emerging Bluetooth market will shine, according to a new report*.

The high-tech market research firm Cahners In-Stat Group forecasts that demands for Bluetooth-enabled devices will provide substantial opportunities for the technology with equipment shipments soaring to 955 million units in 2005, a 360% five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The semiconductor opportunity in this area will also be substantial as Bluetooth radio and baseband silicon will rise to $4.4 billion in 2005.

“2000 was a year of trials and tribulations for Bluetooth,” sais Joyce Putscher, director of In-Stat’s consumer and converging markets and technologies group. “However, positive signs are here as more silicon is going into production, more products are closing in on production schedules and are coming to market very soon.”

The first ‘hot spot’ projects have already appeared in hotels, shopping malls, golf courses, airports, and more are expected to come to fruition by the end of the year.

Aside from hardware, there is a plethora of activity happening in application development, both on the client side and the server/services side. In-Stat expects that this activity will only increase.

In-Stat has also found that:
• Adapters and cards will rule the lion’s share of the market in the near term, then relinquish the market to embedded Bluetooth solutions; however, the adapter/card market will represent a significant market even in 2005.
• Integrated RF/Baseband chip solutions, with and without memory, will continue to emerge and take a strong hold in 2002, realizing very significant gains by 2003.

The report, forecasts the rollout of Bluetooth-enabled equipment through 2005, detailing that forecast into 14 major categories and 25 total segmentations, and discussing those application areas. Competitors are listed within each application area. A geographic region forecast has also been added and equipment and application vendors are profiled, focusing on the Bluetooth products they are bringing to market. Class 1 vs. 2/3 segmentations for both equipment and silicon are presented in addition to a detailed five-year forecast for radio, baseband, and host-supported functional silicon solutions, semiconductor player profiles, and coverage of selected software issues and IP/design/protocol stack players.

* Access Anytime, Anywhere: Bluetooth Will ‘Make it So’!” (#MM0106BW). To purchase this report ($3,995) or for more information, please contact [email protected].

About Cahners In-Stat Group
In-Stat covers the full spectrum of digital communications research from vendor to end-user, providing the analysis and perspective that allows technology vendors and service providers worldwide to make more informed business decisions.

Cahners In-Stat


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