Smart Energy Market Boosts Wireless Chip Sales

According to research from Instat, ZigBee may be following in the footsteps of now-ubiquitous Wi-Fi, thanks to the growth of the “smart energy” marketplace. Earth2Tech reports that chips and nodes used to build wireless networks based on the leading standard, 802.15.4, (the one the ZigBee specification is based on) will grow to 292 million in 2012, up from 7 million in 2007 — that’s nearly 4,000 percent growth over a 5-year period.  Instat notes that wireless sensor networks and smart meters, both of which aim to improve building energy efficinecy, will play a critical role in spurring that growth.