In the connectivity mix
Shipments of wireless multi-protocol ICs and devices will increase nearly 54 per cent between now and 2020, driven by surging Wi-Fi traffic, new use cases, and emerging IoT applications, according to a new forecast by market analysts ABI Research.
It highlights how the connectivity technology used in mobile devices will become largely irrelevant to users, who increasingly demand seamless connection as they move around, regardless of the technologies being used.
“The proliferation of multi-protocol ICs and devices will allow for much simpler product creations and quicker times to market regardless of the deployed technology,” said Andrew Zignani, Industry Analyst at ABI Research.
Zignani quotes Qorvo’s recent GP695 SoC product announcement that integrates multiple communication protocols, including IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), as a prime example.
“The technology collaboration reduces complexity for IoT device designers by enabling them to take advantage of a single SKU development platform,” he added.
The report also notes that short-range wireless connectivity market technologies, such as ZigBee, Thread, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, and NFC, will continue to evolve to meet new market demands, as evidenced by Bluetooth 5 speed enhancements to benefit wearables and other handheld devices with quicker performance times, quicker data transfers and syncing, and faster firmware updates, while keeping power consumption down.
The report also notes that Wi-Fi’s continued evolution will come in the form of several new protocols, including 802.11ax (for network efficiency improvements), 802.11ad (for 4K streaming, docking, and VR applications) and 802.11ah (low-power IoT applications).
As a result, Wi-Fi chipsets that incorporate 802.11ax, WiGig, or HaLow technologies will make up 60 per cent of all wireless IC shipments by 2021, says the report.
The report highlights how a mix of connectivity technologies will be required to meet demand for consumers, businesses, smart cities and IoT applications, all of which will need to work seamlessly together as required. That’s why SMS welcomes the entire spectrum of communications stakeholders, without banging the drum for a single technology.
SMS Lisbon 2017, to be held 3-4th May 2017, will focus on two of the most important subjects in the communications industry today – Smart cities & IoT, and Next-Generation Mobile Technologies – with a day of presentations, panel debates, and networking, dedicated to each.
We believe that the industry will need to collaborate in an open manner in order to meet demand for seamless connectivity, and profit from the opportunities offered by the transformation currently occurring.
That’s why we are collecting some of the industry’s leading speakers and thinkers for our event, including a keynote from João Vasconcelos, Secretary of State for Industry for the Portuguese Government, and presentations from Charbel Aoun, Board Member of Future Cities Catapult in London, and Antonio Ponzo Pellegrini, Deputy Mayor of Empoli (Italy), to name just a few.
If you want to be a part of the future of the communications industry, then ensure that you’re a part of the conversation. Sign up now at www.smartmobilitysummit.com/registration.