Bluetooth chip numbers to double by 2017

btshipmentsBluetooth might be the poor cousin when it comes to wireless connectivity but the boom in tablets and smartphones is expect to see the number of chips shipped with Bluetooth functionality double by 2017.

According to EEtimes, specific Bluetooth chips or SoCs (system on a chip) with Bluetooth built-in are expected to top 3.1billion in 2017, up from 1.6billion in 2011 based on the latest reports from market research analysts IHS iSuppli.

The report says the market is currently dominated by multi-wireless chips that support Bluetooth in addition to Wi-Fi as the most popular option, thanks to the booming market in smartphones and tablets.

At this stage, most budget-priced tablets (those in the growing sub-$100 market) generally do not include Bluetooth but as competition in both the phone and chip markets continues to escalate, prices will come down and demand will rise, hence IHS iSuppli’s expectations for 2017.

Bluetooth is a wireless connectivity feature that allows peer-to-peer connections between devices without the need of a hub or hotspot like Wi-Fi, allowing connection to phone ear-pieces and digital audio devices.

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