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New Survey Reveals that Ralink Captures 20 Percent of ADSL Chip Market

March 11, 2011

Ralink Technology Corporation, a developer of high performance wired and wireless networking solutions, announced that sales of its ADSL chipsets grew to more than 20 percent of the global xDSL home gateway market, according to a recent iSuppli report.

According to iSuppli figures, global ADSL subscribers increased by 10.3 percent in 2010. Fast, affordable and highly integrated solutions are factors attributed to this 46 percent Year-Over-Year DSL chip shipment, which increased to more than 31 million units in 2010.

“As services bundling voice, video and data drive home gateway bandwidth demands ever higher, equipment makers are now looking to provide a ‘wideband’ multiservice and multimedia model with a robust wireless component that fits into the current multi-device digital home paradigm. Synergies from last year’s Ralink-Trendchip merger seem to be a model for bringing just such devices to market,” said Lee Ratliff, senior analyst with iSuppli in an official statement.

Ralink Technology was founded in 2001 with headquarters in HsinChu, Taiwan, and offices in the United States, China, Europe, and Japan. The company recently announced its entry into the high-growth VDSL market with the introduction of the RT65168 VDSL2/ADSL2+ processor.

Ralink’s growth is particularly strong in the IAD segment where its highly integrated TC3182P2V and TC3182LEV chipsets deliver carrier-class voice, video and data service coupled with Ralink’s industry-leading 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions. The TC3182LEV is ideally suited for the cost-centric requirements of DSL-ATA solutions (Analog Terminal Adapter) in emerging markets as it is the industry’s only 2-layer circuit-board design.

Ralink continues to expand its presence in the global broadband market and Bomin Wang, general manager of Ralink’s Broadband Business Unit said: “With multiple platforms competing for broadband and ‘triple play’ services, our customers need cost effective solutions that provide a performance edge. By delivering xDSL solutions that address the performance, size and cost requirements of segments ranging from ultra-affordable ADSL solutions for emerging markets to ‘triple play’ set top box solutions for leading-edge markets.”

In November last year, Ralink claimed that its newly released RT5350 is the world’s first 802.11n router-on-a-chip that integrates the per-packet antenna diversity.

Anita Bora is a contributing editor for ContactCenterSolutions. To read more of Anita's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee