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The chipmakers must have missed that memo about the economy.

Apparently, (define) didn't get the memo about the economy being in recession.

New statistics released yesterday by the industry group Alliance said chipset sales grew 26 percent in 2008. That's only half of what it tallied in 2007 before the slowdown in the economy hit, but it shows that networking remains robust.

«The trend today is that is everywhere and people are expecting it when they buy a new mobile device or smartphone,» Kelly Davis-Felner, marketing director for the Alliance, told

More device vendors are including in new products and mobile devices such as net books and smartphones.

The Alliance said 56 million enabled cellular phones shipped in 2008, an increase of 52 percent from 2007. The next biggest growth was within consumer electronics, such as gaming boxes and printers, with 48 million shipped, a jump of 51 percent. Sales of equipped notebook PCs and mobile Internet devices were up 23 percent in 2008 over 2007.

«We're seeing some growth contraction due to the economic headwinds but the technology continues to grow at a good rate,» said Davis-Felner.

The news comes as mobility becomes a necessity for both businesses and consumers aiming to bridge lifestyle and work needs. Mobile device vendors and some wireless carriers are using technology as a product differentiator to grab deeper market share and more users.

One is Research in Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM). The smartphone vendor recently launched its second BlackBerry, the Curve 8320.

networks are expanding just as fast as enabled devices. The seventh-annual Wireless Security Survey last October told of dramatic growth of wireless networks in New York, London and Paris.

New security efforts, such as the 802.11n draft 2.0 which the Alliance has certified, are advancing, according to the Alliance. The group that launched its CERTIFIED program in March, 2000.

More than 5,000 products have been designated as CERTIFIED, and over 500 consumer products feature certification, according to the group. Of the mobile PCs sold in 2008 over half supported an advanced secured generation of

«Security concerns are pretty much gone given certification programs and the ease of use in using security,» said Davis-Felner.

A recent poll from the Alliance, conducted by Wakefield Research, indicates 2009 will be even a bigger year for Of those polled more than half said it's unlikely they would buy a device in the future that didn't offer capability. A good majority, 88 percent, reported that very soon every high-tech device they own will have

«These findings demonstrate how essential connectivity has become in our daily lives,» said Davis-Felner in a press statement about the poll results. «Even when money is scarce, consumers are willing to make sacrifices in order to stay in touch with friends, family and to work and be productive online.»

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