Embedded WLAN will ship over one billion units in 2011

WLAN embedded products are set to pass the one billion units shipped mark this year for the first time.

By 2015, according to soothsayers at IHS iSuppli, they will have rised to over two billion shipped as connectivity becomes the standard.

Consumer electronics will be the heavy driver. Those with built in WLAN like Wi-Fi will reach 1.2 billion units in 2011, which is up 35.8 percent from 880.4 million in 2010. By 2015 it’ll be 2.2 billion.

What’s the use of having a device that can’t connect is the general feeling. From iPads to connected cars, everything wants to find a way to access information, services and content online so there’s big money in the industry. One of the fastest growers in terms of WLAN penetration is LCD TVs, which should see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 77.8 percent from 2010 to 2015 – with the majority connected by the end of the time frame.

Mobiles represent the largest category for embedded WLAN, says IHS iSuppli, with 512.8 million units shipping with the technology just this year. 

There’s already 100 percent penetration for embedded WLAN in media tablets, access points and routers, and handheld consoles. Meanwhile mobile PCs and home video consoles are nearly there.

IHS iSuppli predicts that digital camcorders, DVD players and e-book readers will have a fast rate of growth, too.