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Research Report on Opportunities for Embedded WiFi Chipsets

A report on ‘Low Power Embedded WiFi Emerging Technology’ has been announced by Research and Markets as part of their offering.

This report analyses the opportunities for low power Wi-Fi chipsets and also offers a forecast for a period of five years, along with particulars related to unit shipments, sales volume and average global selling price and by application. This report evaluates and predicts the market for the technology of Low Power Embedded WiFi.

WTRS’s principal analyst Kirsten West informs that the wireless sensor market (WSN) technology market is very fragmented and combines proprietary and open approaches for meeting a wide application range. Among these approaches embedded WiFi attracts the maximum interest since current WiFi protocols that build on the WiFi networks’ installed base are being adapted. These networks can act as an infrastructure that connects embedded low power WiFi installations.

The report evaluates participating OEMs, analyzes the various market opportunities, examines potential markets and identifies the market’s drivers and inhibitors.

It has forecasted applications that include HAN, retail, warehousing, building automation, medical and smart meter . It also covers volume data and historical prices.

The utilization of the low power embedded WiFi for wireless sensor networks (WSN) will result in significant benefits, such as connectivity in current WiFi infrastructures for any particular application space. In the existing economic scenario, reuse of current WiFi infrastructures by low power embedded WiFi results in significant cost savings when compared to the deployment of various WSNs enabled through 802.15.4 or ZigBee. The in-built Internet Protocol connectivity makes it easy to deploy and manage the network, besides also using popular tools for development and management.

Suggested embedded low power WiFi sensor networks’ applications include transportation, healthcare, smart grid utilities, building automation, residential, and consumer electronics remote control gadgets. The opportunity is significant and is greater than the one offered by ZigBee, since WiFi enabled networks will be able to leverage the existing infrastructure. The low power embedded WiFi however has a major weakness since startup companies have to bear the execution risks involved in developing the technology.

Microchip’s recent entry into this market improves the possibility of a full scale market adoption. Current activity depicts that the world is emerging into a consolidation period in the embedded low power WiFi market domain where major semiconductor vendors will acquire some of the smaller companies. Major semiconductor firms like Freescale and TI are likely to go public with their development programs as the market sector matures.

This report is a helpful tool for gaining an insight into the embedded low power WiFi market. Key topics covered by the report includes low power embedded WiFi applications, benefits of low power embedded WiFi, smart metering, industrial control, oil and gas pipeline and market forecasts for various sub market sectors. Companies mentioned in the report include RFM, Gainspan, NPE, Microchip/ZeroG and G2 Microsystems/ Roving Networks.

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