Wireless semiconductors are more prominent now than ever and have very high expectations for future growth and development. Nearly all new consumer and communications applications are coming with wireless technology and customers are getting used to the newfound freedom; however, medical, industrial, and even automotive segments are beginning to embrace wireless technology. It is no surprise that this market's revenue is anticipated to grow 9 percent in 2013 and even less of a surprise that the market is likely to continue growth of 10 percent over the next several years, if not more. Wireless Semiconductor Market Tracker provides revenue and unit shipment forecasts for all semiconductor devices used in wireless applications in all five market segments. Forecasts are provided by region, market, and by product type for application specific as well as multimarket devices used in wireless applications. Market share is also provided.

For the fourth quarter, wireless is expected to see a revenue increase of about 6 percent. Such a significant quarterly revenue growth rate is not uncommon in the wireless market, the only quarter with a smaller than average growth is generally the first quarter, shortly after the holiday season when companies are not selling as much product. Unit shipments for the end of 2013 are anticipated to be about 11 percent, effectively making the average price per unit decrease by about 2 percent.

Mobile phones are easily the largest market for wireless technology, making up about 90 percent with a revenue growth this year of 9 percent. Short range and infrastructure compose the remaining 10 percent, at 7 and 3 percent respectively. Short range wireless is expected to increase by 10 percent this year, while infrastructure revenue is expected to increase by 4. Regionally, much of the wireless segment's revenue is generated in Asia Pacific, about 64 percent, with America, Japan, and Europe at 12 percent each.

Freescale has a small stake in the wireless market share; however they have recently announced a single base station processor that is capable of running both LTE and WCDMA. Freescale's VortiQa Layer 1 software is up and running on the SoC and can support both frequencies for small cell base stations. The company is focusing more of their energy on the small cell market and attempting to accelerate the ability of small cell manufacturers to deliver solutions that will both work and meet the requirements of wireless network operators. This solution may also help wireless operators increase capacity in high traffic areas.

Product forecast for wireless devices predicts that application specific technology will experience revenue growth in 2013 by about 5 percent and an average of 9 percent over the next five years. For the fourth quarter, application specific wireless devices will see a revenue increase of about 1 percent, while unit shipments will decrease by 5 percent.

Qualcomm is the definitive leader of the pack when it comes to wireless technology, with nearly $13 billion in revenue in 2012 and a market share of 18 percent. Samsung is trailing far behind with only 8 percent of the market share and a 7 percent growth year over year, while Qualcomm experienced a significant 30 percent growth from 2011. Samsung may catch up in upcoming years, but Qualcomm has both a strong lead and strong growth to back it up.

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