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Apps processor revenues profit from 64bit, multi-core techs

Posted: 09 Apr 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor  applications  smartphone 

The worldwide market for smartphone applications processor is estimated to log a strong uptake, hitting $30 billion in 2018 at a CAGR of 10.8 per cent, according to Strategy Analytics.

That combines with a 14.6 per cent CAGR in revenues for tablet applications processor over the same period, expected to reach $7.2 billion in 2018.

According to Sravan Kundojjala, Senior Analyst, the smartphone applications processor market will be boosted by LTE-Advanced, 64bit, multi-core and semiconductor process technologies. The research firm forecasts that stand-alone applications processor penetration in smartphones will drop to 28 per cent in 2018 from 38 per cent in 2012.

This can be attributed to an increased push from integrated vendors such as Qualcomm, MediaTek, Spreadtrum, Broadcom and Marvell. These could push multi-core penetration in smartphone applications processors to rise from 50 per cent in 2012 to almost 100 per cent in 2018.

Meanwhile, multi-core penetration in tablets was close to 90 per cent in 2013 and this is likely to continue, says the market research firm. For tablets, applications processors with an integrated baseband will increase to 17 per cent in 2018 from just two per cent in 2012, thanks to low-cost quad-core 3G/4G chips from Qualcomm, MediaTek, Spreadtrum and others.

According to the same report, 64bit chip penetration in smartphone applications processors will rise from three per cent in 2013 to approximately 75 per cent in 2018, driven by companies like Apple, Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung.

On the tablet front, Director of the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service Stuart Robinson forecasts, "x86-based chip penetration in tablets will increase to 30 per cent in 2018 from two per cent in 2012. We expect Intel's investments in Android solutions will result in future share gains."

Strategy Analytics forecasts ARM based chip penetration in smartphones will drop to 83 per cent in 2018 from almost 100 per cent in 2012. This can be attributed to concerted efforts by Intel in smartphones combined with the company's lead in 14nm and beyond process technologies. Strategy Analytics believes that upcoming 3G/4G integrated products from Intel could lift the company's smartphone applications processor share in the near-term" concludes Robinson.

- Julien Happich
  EE Times Europe





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