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Mobile processors push 190 crore units by 2016

Posted: 29 Mar 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile processor  CE  ARM 

NPD In-Stat research reports that the growth of mobile processors in 2011 exceeded 43 per cent and is forecast to grow at a 22 per cent CAGR through 2016 with mobile processors expected to push 190 crore units by 2016.

The term "mobile processor" refers to a range of processors used in mobile CE devices, often referred to as applications processors and central processing units (CPUs). These highly flexible mobile processors are used in multi-function 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.

"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," says Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist. "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. 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."

Other research findings indicated that for all mobile devices, ARM is the dominant processor architecture with over 73 per cent of all units shipped and is growing. Intel's dominance is said to continue in mobile PCs, while Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung claim the top spots in other CE devices.

Also, according to In-Stat, smartphones and tablets are represented with the greatest opportunity for growth with a combined 75 per cent growth in 2011 and 29.3 per cent CAGR expected through 2016. In-Stat anticipates consolidation in the mobile processor market beginning in the 2013/2014 timeframe. The release of Windows 8 later this year will be a pivotal point in the competition between the ARM and x86 processor architectures, noted In-Stat.

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