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Mobile tech to boost smart device market thru 2015

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart device? Portable consumer electronic? mobile technology?

According to the latest research from In-Stat titled "Mobile Graphics: Smartphones Beat the Drum to Which All Markets March," the category of mobile 'magnet platforms' will grow at a CAGR of 25.7 percent until 2015 as compared to 8.7 percent for the overall mobile market. The devices in this categorysmartphones, tablets and notebooksincreasingly share the same silicon components, OS and application software as other CE devices such as DTVs and STBs, thus the need for distinction

"The technology driver of all these smart devices is the mobile technology, because it represents the largest and fastest growing segment of the entire electronics market," indicated Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at In-Stat. "Even in PCs, where increasing performance was once the mantra, CPU vendors are now focused on the performance efficiency of mobile computing and using the resulting products to drive advancements in other forms of computing including desktop PCs, servers, and embedded applications. The innovation of the mobile market is being driven by four key factors: richer content, network access for communications and content, increased bandwidth to enable this access and new technologies. These four factors form a self-sustaining circle of innovation that feeds from and enables each factor."

The research revealed that only 40 percent of the mobile SoC TAM used at least one dedicated GPU last year. It is important to note that both the number of SoCs using GPUs and the number of GPU cores per SoC is increasing throughout the forecast period. In addition, the mobile SoC TAM will exceed 3.1 billion devices in 2015. Intel and Imagination are leading the GPU market because of their dominance in PCs and smartphones, respectively, said In-Stat. Combined, the two are projected to comprise 61.3 percent of the GPU technology mobile serviceable available market in 2011. Likewise, smartphones will increase from just under 20 percent of total handsets in 2010 to 43 percent in 2015.

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