Currently, two architectures, ARM and x86 dominate the low and high-end of the mobile market, respectively, and are battling it out for the mid-range convergence devices like e-readers, tablets, and netbooks. However, other architectures, such as MIPS and SH, are equally suited to power mobile SoCs and as more emphasis is placed on the OS and mobile applications, the use of a particular processor architecture or instruction set is likely to become less important, says In-Stat. The differentiating factors become price, power, and performance as competing architectures wage war to gain their share of the nearly 4 billion unit mobile processor market in 2014.
“ARM will dominate in the handsets and high-end handheld solutions like tablets and e-readers; the x86 architecture, primarily Intel at this point, will dominate in the PC-like solutions ranging from netbooks up through traditional notebooks; MIPS will continue to dominate in the limited-function handheld solutions; and SH will continue to have its market niches in the Japanese device market,” says Jim McGregor, Chief Technology Analyst. “In addition, there are likely to be many moves by both start-ups and existing companies, such as the ASIC, MCU, and connectivity vendors to expand into the mobile processor market through internal growth and acquisitions.”
Recent research findings include:
- Nearly 75% of all mobile processors will be multi-core in 2014, and an even higher percentage will have integrated baseband
- The trend toward integrated baseband modems will become a critical differentiator for mobile processors over the next few years
- Tablets represent the fastest growing market segment for mobile processors with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 123.6% from 2009 through 2014
- Cellphones, including feature phones and smartphones, represent the largest opportunity for mobile processors today and for the foreseeable future
Recent In-Stat research, Mobile Processors: The Battle Heats Up in 2011 (#IN1004747SI), examines the overall TAM of the mobile processor market by application, as well as the trends and what and who are likely to emerge on top as the industry evolves.
Included in this report is the following:
- Forecast for each mobile category, including notebooks, netbooks, tablets, e-readers, smartphones, and cellphones
- Forecast by architecture for the high-end devices, like smartphones, PCs, and tablets
- Processor market shares for computing devices, including notebooks, netbooks, and tablets
- Forecasts of integration patterns for multiple cores, GPUs, and baseband modems by mobile device type
- Estimated value of the key processor components
- Profiles of over 22 processor vendors, including Broadcom, Freescale, Intel, Marvell, Mediatek, Qualcomm, and ST-Ericsson
- Forecasts of who is likely to emerge as the industry leaders and why
The price is $4,995 (US).
This research is part of In-Stat’s Mobile Technology service, which provides analysis of the market for technologies, IP, and semiconductors that enable next generation mobile devices, including processors, graphics, modems, GPS, displays, memory, storage, operating systems, software, and human interfaces.
- Title: Mobile Processors: The Battle Heats Up in 2011
- Service: Mobile Technologies
- Product Number: IN1004747SI
- Publication Date: October 2010
- Number of Pages: 66
- Price: $4,995 U.S. Dollars
- Table of Contents, Figures and Tables
- Members Only Access: Full-text PDF
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