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Wi-Fi Sales to Exceed 200 Million Units for 2006

Austin, Texas – December 11, 2006 – Wi-Fi chipset sales are poised to exceed 200 million units in 2006, according to new data released by In-Stat and the Wi-Fi Alliance, thanks in part to sales of some of the hottest holiday gifts for 2006. The prevalence of Wi-Fi technology in everything from notebook computers to cell phones to gaming devices has propelled worldwide sales forward again this year. Continued proliferation into phones and consumer electronics is expected to lead Wi-Fi unit sales growth to the half-billion mark by 2009.

“Wi-Fi has continued to be a networking technology of choice, both in the home and at work,” said Gemma Tedesco, Senior Analyst at In-Stat. “The 25% annual growth rate seen in 2006 reflects the technology’s expanding usefulness for a wide variety of applications and devices, as well as ongoing user enthusiasm for the technology.”

“We’ve had another great year,” said Frank Hanzlik, Managing Director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. “More and more, Wi-Fi is becoming an important and highly demanded feature for phones and consumer electronics devices, and when you bring the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ user experience into the equation, continued sales growth comes as no surprise.”

The Wi-Fi Alliance, which coined the term Wi-Fi, provides testing and certification programs to help ensure the best user experience with Wi-Fi technology. To date, more than 3,200 different products have become Wi-Fi CERTIFIED.

Three of the newest must-have consumer electronics products for this year’s holiday season, the Nintendo Wii, the Microsoft Zune, and the Sony PlayStaton 3, feature Wi-Fi connectivity, and sales of these products in the fourth quarter have helped drive WLAN chipset shipments. In addition, strong sales of notebook computers and traditional networking gear throughout the year supported the sales growth in 2006.

“People love Wi-Fi, and there is a lot ahead in 2007 to continue to delight them,” said Hanzlik. “Next year will bring new ease-of-use enhancements, continued momentum on converged mobile phones, and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED pre-standard 802.11n gear.”

About the Wi-Fi Alliance
The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global, non-profit industry association of more than 300 member companies devoted to promoting the growth of wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). With the aim of enhancing the user experience for mobile wireless devices, the Wi-Fi Alliance’s testing and certification programs ensure the interoperability of WLAN products based on the specification. Since the introduction of the Wi-Fi Alliance’s certification program in March 2000, more than 3,200 products have been designated as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services across the consumer and enterprise markets.
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