"Computing and mobile consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers are integrating baseband modems into their devices at a feverish pace over the next few years," says Jim McGregor, In-Stat analyst. "Unfortunately, the transition to 4G wireless technologies is not going to keep pace as adoption is challenged by multiple wireless standards, limited spectrum availability, constricting business models, and other market and industry issues."
Recent research by In-Stat found the following:
- About 2 billion mobile devices out of a total of 2.8 billion will ship with baseband modem technology in 2014.
- Despite the early lead of WiMAX, LTE is expected to account for 61.2% of 4G-enabled mobile devices in 2014.
- Smartphones and computing devices are the only devices expected to transition to 4G technologies over the next five years. Feature-phones and mobile CE devices will remain on 2G/3G networks because of lower performance, cost, and power requirements.
- Examination of technical and market dynamics surrounding the integration of baseband modems in mobile devices.
- Unit sale forecasts of handsets, computing devices, and CE devices by wireless communication standard through 2014.
- IC vendor profiles: Altair Semiconductor, Beecem Communications, Broadcom, Comsys Mobile, GCT Semiconductor, Icera, Infineon, Intel, Qualcomm, Sequans Communications, Wavesat, and others.
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This research is part of In-Stat's Mobile Technology service, which provides analysis of the market for technologies, IP and semiconductors that enable next generation mobile devices, including processors, graphics, modems, GPS, displays, memory, storage, operating systems, software, and human interfaces.
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