Multi-Core Processors in Smartphones Research

Historically the smartphone market has been dominated by ARM-based applications processors. ARM processors offer the best power efficiency while having comparatively less processing grunt than Intel equivalents. However, according to ABI Research, both Intel and ARM are addressing their weaknesses. In the next few years, the performance/power efficiency of the technologies will be equal. At that point the competition in the market should be immense. x86 and MIPS cores have entered the market this year, and are expected to grow to about 18% of the market by 2016.

Multi-Core Processors in Smartphones Research

  • Top four suppliers are Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Marvell
  • 2010 revenues of the top four accounted for over 70%
  • Revenues of the top four are forecast to double between 2010 and 2016
  • Average selling prices of chipsets are forecast to fall, but more slowly than might be expected
  • Prices will be supported by the introduction of new applications that require new processor designs: applications such as 3D video and augmented reality
  • Standalone designs are more likely to be used in higher-end devices
  • Low to mid-range smartphones will tend to use integrated solutions to give faster time to market and make life easier for the OEMs
  • x86 and MIPS cores have entered the market this year, and are expected to grow to about 18% of the market by 2016
  • ARM-based applications processors dominate the smartphone market

More info: ABI Research Multi-Core Processors in Smartphones