Trend: Growth seen for mesh chips

A new study from Strategy Analytics predicts that the market for wireless mesh networking chips, including ZigBee and proprietary chips such as Z-Wave, will reach "tens of millions of units per year" by 2008. The market research firm also forecasts that a broad range of applications will appear in the market, including residential control, industrial monitoring and asset management. Additional applications could include cell phones equipped with ZigBee for the activation of location based services. Competition among Z-Wave, ZigBee and similar mesh networking technologies will lead to lower chip and system prices, which will stimulate the rapid adoption of wireless mesh networking technology overall, says Strategy Analytics' Chris Taylor.

For additional details on the mesh chip market:
- read this Strategy Analytics press release