ARM reports strong Q1, 2.6 billion ARM-based chips have been shipped

ARM reports strong Q1, 2.6 billion ARM-based chips have been shipped
ARM, the company behind something like 99% of the processors powering smartphones and tablets nowadays, has reported a strong first quarter of 2013. Thanks to the still growing smartphone and tablet markets, as well as the company's penetration in other areas such as digital TV and wearable technology, ARM has enjoyed significantly bigger income from royalties compared to the same period last year.

Specifically speaking, ARM's revenue for Q1 2013 comes in at $263.9 million, up from $209.4 million for Q1 2012. Profit before tax was about $136 million (£89.4 million), compared to about $94 million (£61.9 million) year-on-year. The company's operating margin has also gone up year-on-year, from 44.5% to 50.5%.

The higher royalties enjoyed by ARM this quarter came from the 9 new licenses of its Cortex-A, 1 license of ARMv8 and 3 licenses of the v8 big.LITTLE technology. The 3 new Mali GPU licenses also helped ARM achieve higher royalties. Overall, there have been 2.6 billion ARM-based chips shipped during the quarter, which is up the healthy 35% year-on-year. ARM is currently the absolute leader in the industry of low-power chip designs, seeing that almost all manufacturers of mobile CPUs use its technology, including Qualcomm, Nvidia, Samsung and Apple. Probably the only company that isn't licensing ARM's chips is Intel, which is still trying to figure out how to set its foot on the mobile market.

source: ARM



1. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Best luck ARM! I hope future servers will be powered by ARM chips... that'd save a hell lot of energy. Everycomputational device should be solar powered.

7. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

we can only hope for that day. for now intel and ibm have their own SoCs which are powerful and efficient enough. atleast for 2 decades market isnt shifting.

11. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Intels about to shoot arm down, soon they will be the cheap alternative company thats failing just like AMD. Arm will only be featured in cheap/midrange phones in a few years while flagships are powered by intel.

2. martinlosha unregistered

Go UK...


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Go USA...™®©

3. FlushGordon unregistered

Can someone explain this to me? Samsung , Nvidia , Rockchip, Mediatek Qualcomm etc makes their own chips, does that mean they are paying ARM like some form of a license fee or something for every cpu that they make?


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012


8. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

yup like 10 cents per chip. dont quote me. its just an example. so ARM is basically designs architecture of SoC and other companies use that under license and pay loyalty. Side note Qualcomm also makes its own designs so sometimes it doesnt have to pay ARM.

6. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I'm guessing the 2.6 billion figure stands for the overall number of ARM chips on the market. Someone correct me if I'm wrong

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Correction, I was wrong.. it is indeed the number for the chips shipped in the quarter only. Apparently the overall number is in the range of over 40 billion:

10. Velda

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

At least 50 % of CPUs for tablets are by Qualcomm. So ARM have only smaller half of smartphone/tablet market. Qualcomm pay to ARM particularly for ARM architecture instruction set and this is not any technology at all...

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.