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Merchant market processors rise in mobile

Posted: 07 Sep 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:merchant market processor? mobile market? graphics?

The mobile market is the fastest growing segment of the semiconductor industry. Microcontrollers and ASICs are usually used in these devices. Now, however, In-Stat reports that smart phones, mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and netbooks are increasingly using merchant market processors. This trend is a result of the need for higher level functionality, programmability, and connectivity in these devices.

Merchant market processors offer higher levels of integration and performance while reducing cost and time to market. Thus, the mobile market for merchant processing solutions is expected to grow at 22.3 percent CAGR through 2013, with the highest total unit growth resulting from handheld applications like smart phones and MIDs. By 2013, the market is projected to grow to about 775 million units.

"Integration will be a key trend for future devices with multiple cores, graphics/multimedia acceleration, and I/O all continuing to be integrated into the processor," says Jim McGregor, In-Stat analyst. "Likewise, baseband functionality will also be integrated into mobile processors for all applications except PCs, which are less reliant on the connectivity and smaller device footprint."

In-Stat noted that among smart phones, 87 percent will feature mobile processors with integrated baseband functionality by 2013. The company also forecasts that the estimated value of the processing, graphics/multimedia, and baseband functions will all increase at double digit growth rates over the next few years. And by the end this year, the battle for the fast-growing mobile semiconductor market will intensify with the introduction of new processors from both ARM and x86.





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