Qualcomm leads, Intel lags in smartphone processor market

Qualcomm leads, Intel lags in smartphone processor market

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By eeNews Europe

Qualcomm grew faster then the market to take 56 percent of the market by value but smartphone wannabee Intel was unable to lift its market share from the 0.2 percent it achieved in 2012.

And the incumbent leaders Qualcomm and Apple increased their market share with 56 and 16 percent respectively. MediaTek, which has focused on the low- to mid-tier also did well grabbing 10 percent market share and overtaking Samsung.

The top five vendors in the smartphone applications processor market in 2013 were Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung and Spreadtrum. In 2012 Qualcomm also led the market, but with 43 percent. In 2012 the ranking order was Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung, MediaTek, and Broadcom.

Samsung’s flagship Snapdragon 600 and 800 families of chips have captured many design in multiple tiers in 2013 to take the company to nearly two-thirds of the market. Apple’s industry-first 64-bit smartphone A7 applications processor, featured in the iPhone 5S, gained significant traction in the second half of the year.

MediaTek’s 28 nm-based quad-core chips have been received well in 2013 and the company is starting 2014 well with highly regarded Octa-core ARM-based processors. Samsung, which cannot rely on its equipment-making parent to design in its Exynos processors struggled in 2013 but did introduce its first baseband-integrated applications processor, which will help Exynos start to compete again with Snapdragon. Similarly Nvidia smartphone revenue could get a boost in 2014 from the Tegra 4i LTE chip.

Spreadtrum although in fifth place by revenue gained double-digit market share by volume in the smartphone applications processor market in 2013, according to Strategy Analytics.

Intel captured 0.2 percent revenue share in the smartphone applications processor market in 2013, the same as it had in 2012 according to Strategy Analytics, which is starting to prompt thoughts that the company should abandon attempts to muscle its way into the market.

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