WTRS Study Shows Smaller Chip Suppliers Dominate ZigBee, 802.15.4, Wavenis, Z-Wave, and INSTEON, and Summarizes Current Market Conditions

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The WTRS Wireless Control Network Technology Trends Report provides the industry's only accurate and independent examination of current market conditions, plus analysis of design wins, for ZigBee, 802.15.4, Wavenis, Z-Wave, and INSTEON. Companies who relied on inflated projections are starting to exit the market. Larger product suppliers are succeeding while smaller tier niche product companies are lagging.

The WTRS Wireless Control Network (WCN) Technology Trends Report for Q4 2006 examines the market potential, intellectual property issues, state of the industry supply chain, effectiveness of existing technologies and components, total addressable market of the applications adopting wireless control network technologies today, and market share of the existing component level hardware and software products.

The companion study, WTRS Wireless Control Network Current Market Assessment Brief, provides the industry's only assessment of current and near term market conditions for ZigBee, 802.15.4, Wavenis, Z-Wave, and INSTEON. The report examines the specific design wins and development projects, state of the industry supply chain, effectiveness of existing technologies and components, and market share of the existing component level hardware products.

"There is a surprising twist in supplier dynamics occurring in the wireless control network sector," says Dr Kirsten West, Principal Analyst of WTRS. "The big chip suppliers are not winning the game today. This is one of the conclusions we came to in our latest market study which quantifies the design wins and actual market conditions for ZigBee, 802.15.4, INSTEON, Wavenis, and Z-Wave today and for the next 12 months."

One of the real surprises revealed at CES was the existence of ZigBee and "802.15.4-that-will-be-ZigBee" end products. These are not coming from the lower-tier companies, which admittedly will eventually make up the bulk of ZigBee shipments with sub-100,000 annual shipments into niche applications that are driven by clear customer demand. What is beginning to emerge are potentially high-volume applications coming from large suppliers. One example is Philips who released a ZigBee remote controller for A/V consumer electronics, based on the radio from Integration Associates. And the Ember Corporation's display table at CES was piled high with end products incorporating either ZigBee or "soon-to-be ZigBee Pro" products.

The other interesting revelation in this market space shows that companies that clearly relied on inflated market forecasts are now suffering, with significant numbers exiting the sector altogether.

The report includes a side-by-side comparison of available transceivers rating the relative current consumption, receiver sensitivity, link budget, and cost, taking into account those offerings which require a power amplifier to function successfully in a network.

The WTRS research uncovers:

(1) The current conversion rate of ZigBee development kit shipments to active product development programs.

(2) The significant market penetration of Wavenis across a wide range of sector.

(3) The relative market adoption of INSTEON, Z-Wave, ZigBee, and IEEE802.15.4 in Residential markets.

(4) Analysis of consumer adoption characteristics of Wireless Control Network-enabled products.

(5) A profitability analysis of Zensys.

(6) The dynamics of the ZigBee software market and provides a forecast of ZigBee Network Stack Software License pricing through 2011.

(7) ZigBee & IEEE 802.15.4 component and network stack software market share for 2006.

(8) A technical comparison of ZigBee, IEEE 802.15.4, Wavenis, INSTEON, and Z-Wave components and network features.

(9) The top ZigBee transceivers available today and assessment of their applicability for various product market applications.

(10) The risk of litigation by an industry participant which may inhibit adoption in a key market segment.

(11) Supply issues in manufacturing experienced by ZigBee competition.

"Wireless Control Networks" are systems which utilize wireless technologies as the underlying platform to deploy networks for sensor and control applications. Examples of technologies and protocols included in the "Wireless Control Network" are WSN (wireless sensor networks), M2M, mesh networking, ZigBee, INSTEON, IEEE 802.15.4, RFID, Z-Wave, Wavenis, low data-rate UWB, NFC, and others.

Using only publicly available information, meticulously gathered from public patent sources, company information, and other research this report is truly an invaluable resource for any company participating in the Wireless Control Network sector, or planning a potential entry into this market.

For more information, contact: http://www.wtrs.net

George West, Senior Analyst

Phone: 650-940-1196

MORE INFORMATION ON THIS RESEARCH

Title "WTRS Wireless Control Network Current Market Assessment Brief"

Product Number: WT112706CWMS Publication Date: November 2006 Number of

Pages: 21

Title "WTRS WCN Technology Trends Report, Q4 2006 issue" (includes Wireless Control Network Current Market Assessment Brief content) Product Number: WT112706CNTS Publication Date: November 2006 Number of Pages: 81

West Technology Research Solutions, LLC (WTRS) is an independent market research and consulting company with 8 years in wireless research specializing in Insteon, ZigBee, UWB, Bluetooth, WiMAX, IEEE 802.15.4, Wi-Fi, and other emerging wireless technologies and protocols. WTRS helps companies track the market potential & viability of wireless emerging technologies. WTRS reports are not funded by, or in any other way influenced by, companies which we study. WTRS market research and consulting services provide customers with the information they need to assess market opportunities, evaluate investments, monitor competition, form relationships, and make crucial business decisions in following cutting-edge technologies. WTRS customers range from start-ups, some still in development, to the largest and most prominent players in technology. All have an interest in market intelligence that aids them in making crucial business decisions.

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