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Wireless HD Video-Enabled Product Outlook

Although slow progress best describes the scenario for wireless HD chip vendors in 2010, the five-year outlook is for a triple-digit growth rate of wireless HD video-enabled products through 2014, according to the latest market study by In-Stat.

The number of shipments is projected to rise from the current levels of less than 1 million to nearly 13 million by 2014.

"The long term projection is for significant growth in wireless HD video-enabled product shipments. However, these technologies are likely several years away from hitting the sweet spot of the consumer electronics (CE) and PC markets," says Brian O’Rourke, Principal Analyst for In-Stat.

There are still significant price and performance issues that need to be overcome before device manufacturers fully adopt these technologies.

In-Stat's market study insights include:

- Alternative video transmission technologies, WHDI, WirelessHD, and WiGig Alliance, are vying for a dominant position. Among the differentiating factors are whole-home range, price, and performance issues, single source, and time-to-market issues.

- WHDI and WirelessHD chip ASPs will both fall over 25 percent annually through 2014.

- WirelessHD, is championed by chipmaker SiBeam and backed by NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, and LG.

- WHDI (backed by AMIMON) and WirelessHD (backed by SiBeam) device shipments will both grow at triple-digit annual percentage rates through 2014.

- WiGig Alliance members include: Broadcom, Dell, Intel, LG Electronics, Microsoft, NEC, Nokia, NXP, Panasonic, and Samsung.

- Strong competitive technologies include various flavors of Wi-Fi, Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi) initiative, and Sony's TransferJet.

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