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Tablets to be 4th largest chip-consuming market

Posted: 12 Mar 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:media tablet  semiconductor  iPad 

Led by iPad, media tablets are set to become the world's fourth-largest application for semiconductors by 2014, said IHS study. Ranked as the 35th largest market for semiconductors in 2010, media tablets climbed to 8th place in 2011 and will further reach to fifth place this year, the research firm added.

Sales of semiconductors for use in media tablets are expected to skyrocket to Rs.90,099.01 crore ($18.2 billion) in 2014, up from Rs.12,871.29 crore ($2.6 billion) in 2010, the year that Apple kicked off the market with the introduction of the iPad.

IHS Research

IHS iSuppli March 2012

In 2014, sales of semiconductors for tablets are expected to be exceeded only by mobile handsets, mobile PCs and desktop PCs.

"The speed of the media tablet's rise from near insignificance to top-tier prominence is unprecedented in the history of the global semiconductor industry," said Dale Ford, head, electronics and semiconductor research, IHS. "Driven primarily by Apple's iPad, the media tablet in four years is expected to scale semiconductor heights that took more than a decade for other products to attain, such as notebook PCs and cell phones. This meteoric ascension will have major repercussions for the global semiconductor industry, as it realigns to accommodate the fast growth and vast size of the media tablet market."

"While there will be a handful of suppliers that will stand out as the leading suppliers of semiconductors for media tablets, there are many component markets that represent highly attractive opportunities for a diverse group of suppliers," Ford added. "Interestingly enough, media tablets and handsets are a key driving force in reducing some of the consolidation in the semiconductor industry that has developed in more mature markets like PCs."

IHS Research

IHS iSuppli March 2012

In a parallel development, mobile handsets will become the world's largest semiconductor application in 2012, for the first time ever exceeding mobile PCs as the leading chip segment.

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