The embedding of wireless technology within laptops is a key driver in the constant expansion of the Wlan Business Market according to research from the US.
Data from market analyst In-Stat/MDR shows that in 2003, 55% of notebook PCs shipped with embedded Wi-Fi, accounting for approximately 19 million embedded Wi-Fi clients. The presence of embedded Wi-Fi notebook clients significantly drove up overall Wi-Fi hardware shipments in both the business, and the consumer markets. Worldwide, In-Stat/MDR estimates that by the end of 2003 there were approximately 2 million notebooks with embedded Wi-Fi went in the consumer sector and 17 million used in the business environment.
In-Stat/MDR also believes that the Wlan business market is expanding and growing in many different ways. Prior to 2003, says the company, the majority of Wlan connections traditionally were composed of standard access points and standalone clients (primarily PC cards). However, In-Stat/MDR says that throughout 2003, the business WLAN scene shifted greatly and two major trends occurred: an increasing number of notebook PCs shipped and business infrastructure evolution.
In-Stat/MDR says that one of the key drivers for the market expansion has been Intel's marketing campaign for its Centrino mobile platform even though throughout 2003, Intel offered only an 802.11b mini-PCI card. In-Stat/MDR says that silicon vendors Broadcom and Atheros supplied the majority of 802.11g and dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/g products in 2003.
The research shows also that the notebook PC market ramped up the embedding of 802.11g and/or 802.11a/g in the later half of 2003 and In-Stat/MDR predicts that Intel's incorporation of 802.11g into its Centrino solution will only catapult the 802.11g embedded market into further and faster growth.
This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia