Increased focus on machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, especially in key application segments such as telematics and telemetry is poised to benefit networks providing M2M connectivity, such as WUSB in the short to medium term period.
The wireless way of life is a rapidly expanding phenomenon in the 21st century. From wireless data transfer to wireless connectivity to LAN/ WAN/Internet networks, modern electronics is going the wireless way. While most of the wireless technologies are focused on 3G/4G Wide Area Networks, Metropolitan Area Networks and Wireless Local Area Networks, the Personal Area Networks (PANs), which offer personalized solutions such as application personalization, identity recognition, presence detection and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are still in the embryonic stage.
Wireless Personal Area Network (WPANs) technologies such as IrDA, Bluetooth, Wireless USB (WUSB), ultra-wideband (UWB), Z-Wave and ZigBee, which eliminate the need for landline cabled infrastructure while allowing electronic devices to connect and communicate are growing in popularity. WPAN enabled devices are a growing clan in the electronics industry and they mark the era of intelligent inter-device communication. Market potential of these technologies remain bright as device to device communication continues to evolve into an ubiquitous feature of modern computing, networking and communication.
Growing consumer demand for convenience and freedom from wires in connecting all electronic devices is creating lucrative commercial opportunities for High-Speed Wireless PAN Technologies like wireless USBs. Increased focus on machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, especially in key application segments such as telematics and telemetry is poised to benefit networks providing M2M connectivity, such as WUSB in the short to medium term period. Also, growing interest in short range technologies, given their benefits such as shorter frequency ranges, low power, low cost, and secure interconnections within a small personal operating space, and elimination of the need for physical access to a wired network, among others are expected to drive gains in the global wireless USB devices market over the next few years. In addition, growing use of mobile Internet devices, such as, tablet PCs, smartphones, laptops, and notepads have created the need for Personal Area Networks (PANs) for connecting to mainstream networks such as the Internet. The scenario presents a fertile environment for increased sales of WUSB devices that help such mobile computing devices connect to the Internet and/or attach to a wireless hub.
As stated by the new market research report on Wireless USB Devices, Europe remains the largest regional market. Growing demand for Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules in automotive telamatics segment, driven by telematics initiatives undertaken by European OEM automakers and government led programs, such as the European Commission’s in-vehicle emergency call (eCall), are primary growth drivers in the European Wireless USB devices market. Asia-Pacific represents the fastest growing regional market with volume sales in the region projected to wax at a CAGR of more than 75% over the analysis period!
Major players in the marketplace include Alereon, Inc., Artaflex Inc, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, Samsung, Unigen Corporation, Veebeam, and Wisair Ltd.