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Multi-stream Wi-Fi to Push Beyond the Set-Top Box Market

December 24, 2013  | Subscribers Only

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Contributed by Stephanie Gibbons, Senior Analyst of Connectivity for IHS Technology 

In an increasingly connected world, consumer and enterprise users demand lightning fast data transmission rates and constant connectivity. Of the different high-speed wireless technologies available today, the adoption of multi-stream Wi-Fi in consumer electronic (CE) devices is set for significant growth, with the technology used to enable the high-speed wireless transmission  of high definition (HD) content, specifically video. 

IHS defines multi-stream Wi-Fi as 3x3 or 4x4 multiple input multiple output (MIMO) 802.11n or 2x2 MIMO or higher 802.11ac. Companies such as Celeno and Quantenna have developed Wi-Fi chipsets optimized to deliver HD entertainment and multimedia content throughout the home, targeting these solutions at the set-top box (STB) market application.

End users are expected to continue to demand high throughput speeds as they push an increased amount of HD content within their home networks. Therefore, IHS projects the adoption of multi-stream Wi-Fi to increase in additional CE applications, specifically routers and mobile PCs, as these devices will be fundamental devices integrated into home networks.

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