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Enabling Technologies: Wireless and Mobile Connectivity

IDC's Enabling Technologies: Wireless and Mobile Connectivity service provides a wholistic view of the connectivity semiconductor market across wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 802.15.4, and NFC) and mobile connectivity (LPWA, cellular IoT, and 4G, 5G, and 6G cellular) technologies. Historical and market forecasts are included for chipset shipments and revenue by dozens of end-market segments across end-user devices and IoT products in various vertical markets. Mobile phone semiconductor market share and forecasts for application and baseband processors, transceivers, power amplifiers, RF front end, and mmWave modules are also included. This research will answer questions about which technologies will survive as they evolve and encroach on the space typically occupied by competing or complementary technologies.


Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Wireless connectivity baseband chips — shipment and revenue forecasts and market share for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 802.15.4, and NFC
  • Mobile connectivity baseband chips — shipment and revenue forecasts and market share
  • Mobile connectivity includes 2G through 6G air interfaces
  • Mobile phone application and baseband processors — shipments, revenue, shipment and revenue market share
  • Mobile phone transceivers and RF components — revenue and revenue market share

Core Research

  • Worldwide Wireless Connectivity Chipset Market Shares
  • Worldwide Mobile Connectivity Chipset Market Shares
  • Worldwide Mobile Phone Semiconductor Market Shares
  • Worldwide Mobile Phone Semiconductor Forecast, 2020-2024
  • Worldwide Wireless Connectivity Technologies Forecast, 2020–2024
  • Worldwide Mobile Connectivity Technologies Forecast, 2020–2024

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.


Key Questions Answered

  1. How will evolving technologies take share of existing technologies in certain product types?
  2. How is the revenue mix shifting from processors to RF, especially with sub-6GHz 5G and mmWave 5G?
  3. Which are the dominant wireless connectivity baseband vendors? Mobile baseband vendors? RF front-end vendors?
  4. What are the trends for standalone, combo, and integrated wireless connectivity chips?
  5. Which Wi-Fi protocols are dominant in which product types?
  6. How will Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E, and 802.11be change the market for Wi-Fi in various vertical markets?
  7. How is the market being affected by COVID-19? By the U.S.-China trade war?

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Meet the Experts
Mario Morales

Program Vice President, Enabling Technologies and Semiconductors

Phil Solis

Research Director, Connectivity and Smartphone Semiconductors