802.11n market share to rise due to Centrino 2
Although sales of 802.11n products in the retail channels in the North American market might by affected by the financial crisis facing the two mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, shipments of built-in 802.11n modules for notebooks are expected to expand more robustly, the sources noted.
Powered by the Centrino 2 platform, Intel will continue to enjoy dominance in the 802.11n module market in the laptop segment as was the case for the previous Centrino platform. However, a number of leading notebook vendors are also expected to roll out models not based on Centrino 2 but still with built-in 802.11n module by the end of 2008 – a trend that will also benefit Taiwan network-equipment makers, asserted the sources.
Since more telecom operators worldwide such as BT have begun using 802.11n devices as networking equipment, shipments of 802.11n routers are expected to start gaining momentum in the future, the sources added.