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Monday, December 24, 2007

Wireless Ultrawideband Quest for a Market

The market for Ultrawideband (UWB) silicon is finally beginning to take off in 2007, according to the latest market study from In-Stat.

Though regulatory hurdles over UWB still persist worldwide, the first UWB-enabled notebook PCs have shipped this year from Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba, the high-tech market research firm says.

"The primary question for UWB now is: Will other product segments follow where PCs lead?" says Brian O'Rourke, In-Stat analyst. "UWB is a very flexible technology in that it supports multiple standards, including WUSB, Bluetooth 3.0, IP over UWB, and Video over UWB. This should enable the technology to gain design wins in a wide range of product segments, including PC peripherals, Consumer Electronics (CE), and mobile phones."

The research study covers the worldwide market for Ultrawideband. It contains analysis and annual shipment forecasts through 2011 for the penetration of UWB into 26 separate applications within the following product segments: PC, PC peripheral, CE, Communications, and Industrial/Medical. The forecast for UWB into each application is broken down by WiMedia UWB and proprietary UWB penetration. Profiles of leading UWB chip vendors and IP suppliers are included.

In-Stat's study found the following:

- UWB-enabled notebook PCs hit the market in mid-2007. PC peripherals will follow in 2008.

- CE and communications applications with UWB won't hit the market in volume until 2010.

- In 2011, over 400 million UWB-enabled devices will ship.