Qualcomm became King of smartphone processor vendors in 2011, ending TI's reign

Qualcomm became King of smartphone processor vendors in 2011, ending TI's reign
The King is dead. Long live the King. Texas Instruments, after a multi-year run as the leading vendor of smartphone processors has been replaced. Qualcomm is now on top, based on 2011 figures. The report, from Strategy Analytics, says that the total smartphone processor market grew 70% in 2011 in terms of revenue. Last year $7.9 billion work of product was shipped, half of which was a Qualcomm smartphone processor. This might not seem a surprise to our loyal readers, who might remember that back in July we told you that data from Strategy Analtyics revealed that Qualcomm had taken over the lead in smartphone processor market share from the fourth quarter of 2010.

Speaking of revenue, Qualcomm already was the leading vendor for processors built for smartphones in 2010 and repeated the feat last year. Samsung was next followed by TI and Marvell. For the first time in its history, Broadcomm made the top 5 list for smartphone processor revenue with sales that soared 500% over last year. Another name to watch is NVIDIA. With its dual-core Tegra 2 processor gaining traction, the company placed 6th in both units shipped and revenue. This year, the quad-core Tegra 3 will be in a number of smartphones, some of which will get to be displayed next week at MWC 2012 in Barcelona.

Speaking of MWC, we will be there to provide you with the most complete and up-to-date information. The expo begins Monday.

source: StrategyAnalytics via MobileBurn

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15 Comments

1. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Qualcom Garbage

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Not anymore. The new 28nm S4 dual/quad-core Krait processors that will be coming out are very very beastly. Plus in early 2013 they are talking about 28nm 2.5GHz quad-core processors with the Adreno 320 that will be on par with Xbox 360/PS3 graphics. THAT is no joke! Qualcomm was once garbage but not anymore, they have stepped up their game!

6. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Lets see how it stands out against the new quad core exynos

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, you got your time tables right :) its definately better, but it still isnt class leading compared to what else is coming out. the A-15 5xxx exynos quad (and possibly octo) cores are supposed to be about 20% better than a 360 and coming out at the same time frame. really though, at that point is there a whole lot to argue about? i doubt we could even tell the difference on our phones/tablets at that point. We are on the verge of severely diminishing returns in the graphix/power mobile wars... at least until they figure out star wars style holograms. :) I think the next big benchmark war is going to be battery life.

2. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Wish i've invested in broadcomm,500%?? -1 word Unbelivable!!!

4. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Qualcom is stepping up their game. Looking forward to see what is coming around the corner.

5. torr310

Posts: 1670; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Who is going to rule in 2012? TI vs Qualcomm vs nVidia Intel might get a chance in 2013 though.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i think what Torr meant was "exynos is so far ahead, im only going to name these other chips who are clearly fighting for 2nd place" :) :)

11. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

They might be behind interms of quantity but when it comes to performance its the best (in 2nd generation SoC)!!

12. torr310

Posts: 1670; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

haha, yeah sorry i should've included Samsung

7. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Vs EXYNOS

10. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

All we need now is for ATI to get involved with phones lol haha :p

13. torr310

Posts: 1670; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

LOL, ATI aka AMD now... that sounds good to have more choices but the market is getting crowded on the other hand

14. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Oh yea AMD lol, and yes its getting to the point not to even know which Android phone to get. You have 5 phones next to each other with the same specs but each have different cpus/gpus in them and you don't know if the phone you get will be able to play the same games as other phones. I like choice but this is starting to get out of hand. Im no fan of Apple but at least with the iPhone you know what your getting. So sad to say that last part lol

15. 1701nino unregistered

Exynos isn't that good anymore,what bothers me is that they haven't made a single phone that suports LTE. So maybe benchmarks show exynos as the champ but snapdragon are the best betwen performance and conectivity;)

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