Wireless chipset sales hit two billion worldwide

Demand for netbooks and tablets drove sales of wireless chipsets to around two billion, according to a study by ABI Research

Demand for netbooks and media tablets helped push the worldwide shipment of wireless connectivity chipsets to approximately two billion in 2010, according to new estimates from ABI Research.

This figure represents a 22-percent increase over 2009, the research firm said, noting that these are based on preliminary estimates pending the release of the final numbers for 2010. Published on Tuesday, the report attributed the robust demand for chipsets to the surging sales of netbooks, media tablets and other "always connected" consumer and industrial electronics products.

This growth will continue in the medium term, predicted Celia Bo, ABI's industry analyst. She noted that the total shipment of wireless connectivity chipsets is projected to reach seven billion units in 2015, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 30 percent between 2010 and 2015.

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