New Wi-Fi Alliance® technologies shine at CES 2013

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Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ programs enable advanced applications and drive double-digit sales growth rates into 2016

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 2012 marked yet another year of Wi-Fi® innovation and record device sales, with more than 1.5 billion devices sold, according to ABI Research.  Now the Wi-Fi industry sets its sights on major performance enhancements and support for a range of new applications to emerge over the next two years.  Once again in the spotlight at CES, Wi-Fi connects an ever-widening range of products, enabling applications as diverse as home theater, smart energy, automotive and more.

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Innovation and interoperability from Wi-Fi Alliance® continue to drive the connected entertainment experience. Among the advances on display at CES 2013: 

  • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ is appearing in a range of televisions, tablets, handsets and more.  Miracast makes it easy to display applications or video content from one Wi-Fi device on another, even when the devices are different brands.  Since the program became available in September 2012, more than 60 devices have completed certification, and both Wi-Fi Alliance and individual Wi-Fi vendors are demonstrating Miracast screen sharing and video display applications on the CES show floor.

  • Gigabit Wi-Fi is also on display at CES.  Early implementations of the newest generation of Wi-Fi, based on 802.11ac, will impress attendees with high performance and support for demanding multimedia applications.  Wi-Fi Alliance will certify products implementing the technology later this year under the moniker Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ ac.  Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac builds on the industry's legacy of product compatibility, with most devices expected to be dual-band and interoperable with Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n devices.

  • Multi-gigabit point-to-point wireless will soon appear in products certified by Wi-Fi Alliance. Interoperable 60 GHz technology based on the WiGig specification complements traditional Wi-Fi for applications such as instant docking, streaming uncompressed HD video, and more. Wi- Fi Alliance recently announced plans to unify with the WiGig Alliance, and several Wi-Fi Alliance members are demonstrating WiGig implementations at CES 2013.

"We have set forth a vision of 'seamless connectivity' and our members continue to deliver the technologies and products that achieve that vision," said Wi-Fi Alliance president and CEO Edgar Figueroa . "We're enthusiastic about what is in store for 2013, and CES will be an exciting venue to showcase how Wi-Fi plays a leading role in consumer electronics."

ABI Research predicts that yearly Wi-Fi shipments will reach almost 3 billion in 2016, nearly doubling 2012's count of about 1.5 billion; growing at a compound annual rate of 14 percent. Other interesting industry notes from ABI Research include:

  • The total number of Wi-Fi shipments increased 29 percent from 2011-2012

  • The consumer electronics category led Wi-Fi sales growth at nearly 42 percent

  • Sales of Wi-Fi enabled handsets grew 32 percent from 2011-2012

"Wi-Fi has entered its second decade of robust growth and is established as a must-have technology for many electronics devices," said Peter Cooney , practice director for semiconductors for ABI Research. "Continued innovation to support advanced applications and improve performance, while continuing to deliver interoperability and a great user experience, are at the core of the industry's ongoing success."

The dynamism and growth of the Wi-Fi industry is reflected in Wi-Fi Alliance's industry-leading Wi-Fi CERTIFIED program.  The total volume of Wi-Fi certified products grew more than 25 percent from 2011-2012, with the consumer electronics category up 64 percent in that time period. Certifications in the handset category jumped 34 percent year over year.

Wi- Fi Alliance will join the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®), HomePlug® Alliance, and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA®) to promote and demonstrate the connected home during 2013 International CES, January 8 – 11. The organization will demonstrate a number of Wi-Fi applications and technologies, including Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast, in South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 20300.  

About Wi-Fi Alliance 
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Wi- Fi Alliance is a global non-profit industry association of hundreds of leading companies devoted to seamless connectivity. With technology development, market building, and regulatory programs, Wi-Fi Alliance has enabled widespread adoption of Wi-Fi worldwide. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ program was launched in March 2000. It provides a widely-recognized designation of interoperability and quality and it helps to ensure that Wi-Fi-enabled products deliver the best user experience. Wi- Fi Alliance has completed more than 15,000 product certifications, encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services in new and established markets. Wi-Fi®, Wi-Fi Alliance®, WMM®, Wi-Fi Protected Access® (WPA), the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo, the Wi-Fi logo, the Wi-Fi ZONE logo and the Wi-Fi Protected Setup logo are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™, Wi-Fi Direct™, Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, Wi-Fi Multimedia™, WPA2™, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint™, Passpoint™, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™, Miracast™, Wi-Fi ZONE™ and the Wi-Fi Alliance logo are trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance.