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Mobile processor market sees 29.3% CAGR through 2016

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile processor? processor market? mobile market?

Highly flexible mobile processors are used in multifunction devices that combine computing, communications, entertainment, and/or productivity capabilities. Mobile devices include e-readers, handheld game consoles (HGCs), mobile PCs, portable media players (PMPs), smartphones, and tablets. New NPD In-Stat research reports that the growth of mobile processors in 2011 exceeded 43 percent and is forecast to grow at a 22 percent CAGR through 2016.

"Although the total available market for mobile processors continues to grow, the emergence of industry leaders in the high-growth mobile device segment is becoming a key factor in the success of processor vendors," said Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at In-Stat.

"Just having a captive smartphone and tablet market has propelled Apple into second place for the entire mobile processor market just behind industry leader Intel Corp. In 2012, Apple will likely capture the top spot, in terms of unit shipments, driven by the success of its iPhone and iPad. Other companies that benefitted greatly from new product releases or dominance by their OEM customers included Nvidia, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and Samsung."

According to the study, for all mobile devices, ARM is the dominant processor architecture with over 73 percent of all units shipped and is growing. Intel's dominance will continue in mobile PCs, while Apple, Qualcomm and Samsung claim the top spots in other CE devices.

In-Stat also said smartphones and tablets represent the greatest opportunity for growth with a combined 75 percent growth in 2011 and 29.3 percent CAGR expected through 2016.

In-Stat sees consolidation in the mobile processor market beginning in the 2013/2014 timeframe. While the release of Windows 8 later this year will be a pivotal point in the competition between the ARM and x86 processor architectures.





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