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Mobile drives merchant market processors rise

Posted: 08 Sep 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:merchant market processor  mobile market  graphics 

Mobile is the highest-growth end segment of the semiconductor industry. Many CE devices use MCUs and ASICs. However, according to In-Stat, devices such as smart phones, mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and netbooks are increasingly shifting towards merchant market processors to meet their requirements for higher level functionality, programmability and connectivity.

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 per cent 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 75.50 crore 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, base band 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 per cent will feature mobile processors with integrated base band functionality by 2013. The company also forecasts that the estimated value of the processing, graphics/multimedia, and base band 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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