168 mln wireless human interface devices to ship in 2012

The wireless HID (human interface device) market, which includes wireless mice, keyboards, and remote controls, has historically been dominated by products operating in the 27MHz band. But 2008 looks set to be a crossover year in which shipments of 2.4GHz-based products outstrip those running at 27MHz, thanks to wholesale product changes by major OEMs. ABI Research expects that by 2011, 2.4GHz products will account for triple the number of 27MHz products shipped. The total market for wireless HID to grow from just over 100 mln units in 2005 to over 168 mln units in 2012, at a CAGR of 8%. A respectable share of that growth may be claimed by companies such as Nordic Semiconductor and TI, which stand to profit from the shift to 2.4GHz products.