In 2002, world-wide Bluetooth chipset shipments rose to 35.8 million units, a 245% growth over 2001, according to new research from In-Stat/MDR.
As this market’s size grows and matures, the growth rates will naturally decrease, resulting in a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 74% from 2002 to 2007.
The mobile phone market is a key market for Bluetooth products. When the world-wide average cost for Bluetooth solutions dipped below $10, many more models entered the market offering Bluetooth connectivity.
In-Stat/MDR also believes that Personal Mobile Gateways (PMGs), products and associated capabilities and services could provide another driver for Bluetooth-enabled products.
PMGs reside in the centre of a Bluetooth personal area network (PAN) of peripherals and function as a centralised connection to the cellular network. This enables users to carry a wide range of other low cost devices that are optimised for certain functions, such as gaming consoles, that then communicate with the network through the PMG.
Several PMG devices are expected by the end of 2003, as well as accessory devices. In-Stat/MDR also expects to see some trials and increased investigation by several European and Asian operators to occur this year and in 2004.
Aside from the PMG business, In-Stat/MDR has also found that PDA manufacturers have greatly increased their Bluetooth activity, with a number of product introductions and a marketing push.
The vast majority of chipset shipments in 2002 were up to the HCI (Host Controller Interface) only; however, that will migrate slowly toward solutions that include all of the embedded upper stack elements.
The report, Bluetooth 2003: ‘Are PMGs Another Driver?’ costs $3,995.