Wi-Fi Alliance® Releases New Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) n Product Data: One Year Since Program Launch, Handsets and Consumer Electronics Take the Spotlight

September 30, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced new data summarizing trends from the first year of activity since its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n testing program was launched.

The following data points summarize trends among the more than 1,100 products that have achieved the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n designation since September 30, 2009 – when the certification tests and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo were updated to align with finalization of the IEEE 802.11n standard.

Handsets shifting to next-generation Wi-Fi

  • 127 phones are now Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n, accounting for 20% of handsets certified in the last 12 months

Essential technology for the digital home

  • 251 consumer electronics products achieved Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n designation in the last 12 months
  • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n consumer electronics include media servers, digital audio systems, gaming devices, and display devices

Increased performance capabilities and more dual-band products than ever before

  • Dual-band products, operating in both 2.4 and 5GHz, are on the rise as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n technology continues to proliferate
    • 441 products certified in the past 12 months are dual-band capable
    • 143 products can support both 5GHz and 2.4 GHz operation concurrently

Enterprise-grade products: Ethernet replacement becomes a reality

  • Enterprise networking vendors are responding to IT managers’ demand 802.11n technology for its performance capacity, robustness, and range
    • 157 enterprise-grade infrastructure devices achieved the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n designation since the program’s launch
    • 115 enterprise-grade access points support operation in either 2.4GHz or 5GHz

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n is today’s Wi-Fi technology

  • Market adoption of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n technology parallels the product transitions illustrated above. ABI Research predicts that about 59 percent of Wi-Fi products sold in 2010 will include 802.11n technology; by 2013, Wi-Fi shipments are expected to be nearly 95 percent 802.11n.

“The number and variety of devices that have become Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n in past 12 months have been tremendously exciting,” said Kelly Davis-Felner, marketing director, Wi-Fi Alliance. “From televisions to mobile phones and points in between, Wi-Fi now connects a majority of consumer electronics, delivering the entertainment experiences that consumers crave.”

“It’s clear that Wi-Fi’s integration into virtually all areas of the consumer electronics spectrum continues to expand,” said Phil Solis, research director, ABI Research. “At the heart of this growth is Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n, which will continue to deliver the advanced performance these devices require, now and well into the future.”

For a list of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products, numerous white papers, and other information, visit: http://www.wi-fi.org

About the Wi-Fi Alliance

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global non-profit industry association of hundreds of leading companies devoted to the proliferation of Wi-Fi technology across devices and market segments. With technology development, market building, and regulatory programs, the Wi-Fi Alliance has enabled widespread adoption of Wi-Fi worldwide.

The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) 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. The Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 8,000 product certifications to date, 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 the Wi-Fi Alliance; Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM), Wi-Fi Direct(TM), Wi-Fi Protected Setup(TM), Wi-Fi Multimedia(TM), and the Wi-Fi Alliance logo are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

SOURCE Wi-Fi Alliance

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