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Mobile PCs, smartphones to drive IC market growth

High-speed wireless integrated circuit segment set for growth, says IHS

Mobile PCs, smartphones to drive IC market growth
Mobile PCs and smartphones will lift the integrated circuit market, says IHS.

Mobile PCs and smartphones will represent the top revenue opportunities for high-speed wireless integrated circuit (IC) suppliers by 2018, according to a new report from analyst firm IHS Technology.

The research firm predicted that devices are projected to be the highest volume applications in this segment over the next five years, and between 2013 and 2018, more than 400m units high-speed wireless ICs will have been shipped.

IHS also projected that ICs shipped cumulatively into the mobile PC market during this period will generate global revenue of $2.5bn.

The company added that during the same period, more than 80m high-speed wireless ICs are expected to ship cumulatively into the smartphone market, with worldwide revenue forecast to exceed $260m in 2018.

"The primary use cases for high-speed wireless mobile PCs will span both the consumer and enterprise markets," said Stephanie Gibbons, senior analyst for connectivity at IHS. "In the home, high-speed wireless-enabled PCs will be used to stream HD content to the TV on the home network. In the office space, mobile PCs equipped with high-speed wireless will be able to receive and transfer large files in seconds, compared to minutes and act as a source device for larger displays for use in applications such as video conferencing."

The company stated that it expected annual shipments of high-speed wireless-enabled smartphones to reach 36m devices in 2018, largely driven by the adoption of 60GHz technology. IHS said the primary use for high-speed wireless smartphones is expected to be HD video streaming from the smartphone to the TV within the home entertainment network.

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