The majority of 2005 and 2006 WiMAX chipsets were Fixed WiMAX (802.16d)-compliant, with a very small percentage in 2006 representing chipsets used in early WiBro (mobile WiMAX-based) devices. However, according to In-Stat, Fixed WiMAX IC vendors have re-directed their energies towards Mobile WiMAX. Fujitsu, Intel, Sequans, and Wavesat have shifted their focus from Fixed WiMAX baseband focus to Mobile WiMAX. Sierra Monolithics and Analog Devices have also announced Mobile WiMAX solutions.
Findings of interest:
- The global WiMAX chipset market will reach approximately 21 million units in 2011, growing from 300,000 chipset units in 2006.
- Intel, the marketing heart and soul of WiMAX technology, has been working for years to build up the WiMAX vendor ecosystem. Consequently, Sprint’s announcement that it would build out a Mobile WiMAX network was a huge boost for the WiMAX movement overall, and has in turn put much pressure on Mobile WiMAX solution vendors.
- Mobile WiMAX faces competition from many mobile broadband technology alternatives, such as EV-DO, HSPA, UMB, LTE, and even from Wi-Fi, particularly IEEE 802.11n.
- Baseband vendors Beceem and Runcom are leaders in Mobile WiMAX, and are powering some of the early WiBro devices. Other baseband vendors with sights set specifically on Mobile WiMAX include Altair Semiconductor, Amicus, ApaceWave and Redpine Signals.
- RF IC providers who have jumped straight into the Mobile WiMAX market include NXP Semiconductors, GCT Semiconductor and AsicAhead.
The research, “The WiMAX Chipset Market: Mobile is Where It’s At” (#IN0703868WT), covers the worldwide market for WiMAX chipsets. It provides unit shipment and revenue forecasts for WiMAX Client and CPE chipsets, base station chipsets, and fixed mobile chipsets through 2011. It includes analysis of WiMAX technical standards and architecture, the competitive landscape from other technologies, and vendors competing in the WiMAX chipset space. The price is $3,495 (US).