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Taiwan, China chipmakers spread wings in cell base band market

Posted: 26 Sep 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Strategy Analytics? cellular base band? MediaTek? Spreadtrum?

Mobile chipmakers from Taiwan and China grabbed the top five revenue base band share spots in the second quarter of 2014. According to a Strategy Analytics report, Taiwan-based MediaTek placed second with a 15 per cent revenue share, while China-based Spreadtrum landed third with a 5 per cent revenue share.

"In Q2 2014, MediaTek capitalized on its base band-integrated applications processor momentum and solidified its number two position in the base band market. Strategy Analytics estimates LTE base bands accounted for less than 1 per cent of MediaTek's total base band shipments in Q2 2014," said Stuart Robinson, director of Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service. "However, Strategy Analytics believes that MediaTek has the potential to emerge as the number two LTE base band player in the second half of 2014, thanks to increased traction in China."

After overtaking Intel in the first quarter of the year, Spreadtrum manages to maintain its position in the base band revenue share market after its W-CDMA base band shipments posted a 170 per cent year-on-year (YOY) growth.

"Spreadtrum is well-positioned to grab W-CDMA market share dropped by Broadcom as it leaves the market," said Christopher Taylor, director of the Strategy Analytics RF and Wireless Component service details. Broadcom announced early in the year that it is winding down its base band unit.

In the top spot is Qualcomm, which managed to increase its base band revenue share to 68 per cent in the second quarter of this year.

"Qualcomm's LTE Gobi slim modems and LTE Snapdragon applications processors all gained strong traction in Q2 2014 and featured in multiple flagship smartphones. Strategy Analytics calculates that LTE base bands accounted for over 45 per cent of Qualcomm's total base band shipments in Q2 2014," said senior analyst Sravan Kundojjala.

Meanwhile, the global smartphone applications processor (AP) market reached 22 per cent (YOY) growth, reaching $5.2 billion in the second quarter. According to Robinson, stand-alone AP vendors such as HiSilicon and Samsung have started shipping base band-integrated Aps in volume to address mid-range smartphones.

The global tablet AP market also registered a solid 23 per cent YOY growth to reach $945 million in the second quarter. Robinson said five playersHiSilicon, Marvell, MediaTek, Nvidia and Qualcommregistered significant shipment growth in the tablet AP market. But of the five, Nvidia is in the best position to grab high-profile design wins with its 64bit Tegra K1 chip.

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