by Christopher Lindquist

Predictions from 2001: Gigabit Wireless to Rule the Future

Aug 15, 20011 min

The network interface card market is going to drag for the next couple of years, but it will see resurgence thanks to an uptick in gigabit and wireless product sales, according to a report from Cahners In-Stat Group.

The report “Network Clients Market: Getting Fast and Mobile” predicts that the overall LAN interface client market will grow from $3.1 billion this year to $5.5 billion by 2005. Increasing bandwidth demands in the server environment are already driving gigabit card sales in that area, with desktops slated to follow suit in the coming years.

Wireless solutions, such as those based on the 802.11b and 802.11a standards, will also drive sales of new network cards, with the report noting that such products will find places in both businesses and homes as connections to residential gateways that share broadband connections.