Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E And Wi-Fi 7 Chipset Market– Statistics And Analysis & Forecast To 2030

Posted by Mrudula Anil Karmarkar on September 26th, 2022

The global wi-fi 6, wi-fi 6E, and wi-fi 7 chipset market size is expected to reach USD 80.8 billion by 2030, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. It is expected to expand at a CAGR of 17.3% from 2022 to 2030. The growing demand for bandwidth capacity among consumers and enterprises for providing support for smart devices is one of the key factors driving the global market.

Increasing trends of e-learning techniques have expanded the deployment of next-generation wireless network infrastructure across several schools, universities, offices, and residents. In addition, accessing undisturbed content during online video streaming services has increased the need and demand for installing wi-fi 6, wi-fi 6E, and wi-fi 7 devices across the globe. Therefore, the increasing adoption of e-learning is expected to fuel the wi-fi 6, wi-fi 6E, and wi-fi 7 chipsets demand from 2022 to 2030.

With the evolution of industry 4.0., manufacturers from various industry verticals such as General Motors Company, BMW Group, Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen Group, and Toyota Group are implementing advanced technologies to transform their manufacturing facilities into smart and intelligent factories. A smart factory integrates numerous intelligent devices such as collaborative robots, IoT sensors, wireless cameras, and automated guided vehicles (AGV) to achieve self-adapting manufacturing capabilities. Providing seamless connectivity to these devices requires next-generation infrastructure, which is expected to accelerate the adoption of wi-fi 6 and wi-fi 6E devices worldwide. Therefore, it is anticipated to fuel the demand for chipsets over the next seven years.

Wi-fi 6, wi-fi 6E, and wi-fi 7 devices support multi-user, multi-input multi-output communications (MU-MIMO). The wi-fi 6 and 6E technology operates on the 6GHz band that can handle up to 12 upstream and downstream data streams on various frequency bands, such as 5GHz, 2.4GHz, and 6GHz. The wi-fi 7 technology using its 320MHz channel provides a high-speed advantage as compared to wi-fi 6 and 6E technology. With the notable investment opportunities in the smart cities globally, the next-generation wi-fi chipset-enabled devices would play a pivotal role in catering to the growing need for integrated internet connectivity for the mass population situated in public venues such as railway stations, bus stands, and airports. Thus, it is expected to bolster global market growth from 2022 to 2030.

Initially, in the 1st and 3rd quarters of 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak affected the production and supply chains for the wi-fi chipsets globally. The primary reason for this is the lockdown implemented by the governments across key countries such as the U.K., the U.S., Germany, and China. These lockdowns have forced the companies to temporarily shut down their manufacturing facilities and initiated restrictions on international travel. However, in the latter Q3 of 2020, the governments across many countries have provided certain relaxations in the lockdown, which has helped companies significantly recover the economic losses that happened during the Covid-19 times. Thus, it is expected to increase the overall market growth in the next seven years. Moreover, the high investments in the healthcare industry to create digitally advanced network infrastructure is further expected to drive the global market.

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 The global market demand was 1,852.9 million units in 2021. The growing need for an enhanced network, low latency, and bandwidth communications across enterprises is estimated to drive the market during the forecast period. The significantly increasing data traffic has accelerated the need for superior network connectivity across several verticals, such as corporate and industrial. Thus, it is expected to boost the installations of wi-fi 6 and 6E devices and subsequently increase the demand for their chipsets in the next seven years.

Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E, And Wi-Fi 7 Chipset Market Report Highlights

  • By device type, the WLAN infrastructure devices segment dominated the overall market with a revenue share of more than 40.0% in 2021. Increasing deployment of Wi-Fi 6 gateways and routers in commercial, residential, and industrial applications propelled the segment growth
  • The Wi-Fi 7 chipset type segment uses a 4K QAM modulation scheme to increase the throughput value, fuelling the market growth over the forecast period. The Wi-Fi 7 chipset features flexible channel utilization, minimizing the network's interference and enhancing connectivity
  • Based on volume, Asia Pacific held the largest share of over 35.0% in 2021 owing to the proliferation of smart devices across the region. Moreover, the availability of major electronic manufacturing bases in Japan, China, and South Korea is anticipated to fuel market growth
  • Increased spending on the deployment of digital infrastructure in the healthcare sector, rising smart city, and smart factory projects have propelled the growth of Wi-Fi chipsets in the U.S.
  • Several key players operating in the market across the globe are mainly focusing on acquisitions, mergers, and collaborations to strengthen their market presence and expand the overall product offerings

In 2020, Broadcom Inc. unveiled the BCM4389, the world debut of the Wi-Fi 6E customer device. The device expands the level to accommodate the about-to-be-workable 6 GHz band alongside broader 160 MHz channel bandwidths, doubling the speeds and cutting latency in half compared to the previous device. The BCM4389 offers real-world rates of over 2 Gbps and up to 5 times better battery consumption, making it an excellent choice for future Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality (AR/VR) devices and flagship smartphones. The benefits of the new chipset technology over the legacy wireless standard are expected to push its adoption from 2022 to 2030 significantly.

Key manufacturers are strategically focused on collaborating with end-use clients such as smartphone manufacturers to supply the Wi-Fi 6 chipsets. For instance, in 2021, Cisco and Apple collaborated on Wi-Fi 6 to improve the uplink performance for real-time interactive video and audio apps like FaceTime and Webex. The partnership produced the 'Fastlane+' feature, which modifies Wi-Fi protocols to enable uplink scheduling far more efficiently. In Jan 2021, Broadcom Inc. made a partnership and agreement with Apple Inc. The strategic partnership aimed at providing Broadcom Inc.'s Wi-Fi 6 chipsets for Apple Inc.'s smartphones, laptops, and iPads. The chipset's supply deal was worth USD 15 billion. In addition to Apple Inc., Broadcom Inc. supplies the Wi-Fi 6 chipsets to Samsung smartphones such as Galaxy 10 and Galaxy Note 10. Broadcom Inc. has supplied around 150 million Wi-Fi 6 chipsets to Samsung till Feb 2021.

Moreover, few prominent players are focusing on mergers and acquisitions to expand their product portfolios and market presence. For instance, in May 2021, NXP Semiconductors acquired Marvell's wireless connectivity portfolio worth USD 1.76 billion. The strategic acquisition consists of Marvell's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (including Wi-Fi 6) technology portfolio and associated assets. Additionally, the acquisition would help NXP expand its Wi-Fi 6 chipset offerings across key application areas, including industrial, IoT, and automotive.

Some prominent players in the global wi-fi 6, wi-fi 6E, and wi-fi 7 chipset market include:

  • Broadcom Inc
  • Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • ON Semiconductor Connectivity Solutions, Inc.
  • Intel Corporation
  • Celeno
  • MediaTek Inc.
  • Texas Instruments Incorporated
  • Cypress Semiconductor Corporation

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