Chipmaker Broadcom revised its outlook for 802.11n chips, saying the standard is not likely to replace 802.11g as the dominant WiFi standard this year. Michael Hurlston, vice president and general manager of Broadcom's WLAN business unit, said the price difference between 802.11n chips and 802.11g solutions was a significant factor in Broadcom's change in outlook. Prices for 802.11g products are dropping due to competition, he said.
Broadcom originally anticipated 802.11n to account for about 25 percent of global WiFi chip sales by the end of 2007, but has revised the ratio downward to 20 percent due to slower-than-expected sales of 802.11n chips, Hurlston revealed. The market share gap between 802.11n and 802.11g could still narrow but 802.11g chips will continue to hold a 50 percent share of the global WLAN chip market, he said.
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