802.15.4 Semiconductor Revenues to Surpass $1 Billion in 2015, Says NPD In-Stat

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ZigBee is an open standard technology that runs on the 802.15.4 radio standard (PHY) and MAC.

“ZigBee seems like a natural technology to funnel smart meter data back to the utility,” says Norm Bogen, VP Digital Entertainment, NPD In-Stat.

ZigBee is an open standard technology that runs on the 802.15.4 radio standard (PHY) and MAC. The technology is low-cost, low-power, self-healing, and scalable, and it offers mesh technology and application profiles for home automation, smart energy, building automation, healthcare, retail, telecom, even an application layer to be used to build 3D glasses. So ZigBee is an open standard, crafted by everyone to do everything. But it is in the smart grid that future growth is most anticipated. New NPD In-Stat (http://www.instat.com) research forecasts that semiconductor revenues for 802.15.4 will likely surpass $1 billion in 2015 with over 71% coming from the smart grid/automated meter reading market.

“ZigBee seems like a natural technology to funnel smart meter data back to the utility,” says Norm Bogen, VP Digital Entertainment. “After all, ZigBee is already in the vast majority of smart meters that communicate with devices inside the home. The technology seems destined to mesh with other smart meters to carry the data back to the utility. The next sizable markets for ZigBee technology are home automation, driven by energy savings, and consumer lighting, due to the sheer number of lighting fixtures in the home and office.”

Some of the findings include:

  •     Smart energy is the largest volume growth opportunity at this time
  •     The US leads in market deployments of smart meters.
  •     Hospital applications are focused on asset tracking and patient tracking.
  •     The telcos and MSOs are looking at security systems as an area to build a new revenue stream.

Recent NPD In-Stat research, 802.15.4 and ZigBee (#IN1104984MI) covers the worldwide market for 802.15.4 and ZigBee technology. This PowerPoint report plus Excel forecast deliverable includes:

  •     Chipset forecast for ZigBee and 802.15.4 through 2021 for unit shipments and revenues
  •     Application forecasts including residential automation, commercial and government building control, lighting, medical, smart grid, industrial process control, and consumer electronics
  •     Competitive standards, protocols, and working groups
  •     Major market players including: Ember, Freescale, Microchip, Google, NXP, Philips, and Texas Instruments

About NPD In-Stat
With nearly 30 years of history in research and consulting, NPD In-Stat’s market intelligence combines technical, market and end-user research and database models to analyze the Mobile Internet and Digital Entertainment ecosystems. The company’s insights are derived from a deep understanding of technology impacts and direct relationships with leading players in each of its core markets. NPD In-Stat provides its research through reports, annual subscriptions, consulting and advisory services to inform customers to make critical decisions. Technology vendors, equipment manufacturers, service providers and media companies worldwide rely on NPD In-Stat to support critical business, product and technology decisions. For more information on NPD In-Stat, visit http://www.instat.com.

About The NPD Group, Inc.
The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1,800 manufacturers, retailers, and service companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business decisions at the global, national, and local market levels. NPD helps our clients to identify new business opportunities and guide product development, marketing, sales, merchandising, and other functions. Information is available for the following industry sectors: automotive, beauty, commercial technology, consumer technology, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, foodservice, home, office supplies, software, sports, toys, and wireless. For more information, contact us or visit http://www.npd.com and http://www.npdgroupblog.com. Follow us on Twitter at @npdtech and @npdgroup.

Note to Editors:
In-Stat’s parent company, The NPD Group, recently modified the company references of its member companies. As you may notice in the press release below, In-Stat has been re-named “NPD In-Stat.” We hope you can refer to the updated “NPD In-Stat” reference (instead of In-Stat) in any articles you are preparing.

Norm Bogen, VP Digital Entertainment
Email:nbogen(at)in-stat(dot)com;(480) 609-4536

Rick Vogelei, Product Marketing Manager
Email:rvogelei(at)in-stat(dot)com;(480) 483-4476


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