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Qualcomm continues to dominate mobile market while Intel nibbles 0.2% share

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Qualcomm continues to dominate mobile market while Intel nibbles 0.2% share
Intel’s Atom x86 Medfield chips have found their way into six devices this year, including the most recent Motorola RAZR i which has made its debut in Europe.

The other devices are also branded for Europe or Asia. In the US, it is not likely that an Intel powered unit will launch until their chipsets support 4G/LTE. Intel expects that it will introduce LTE capable chips either later this year, or early next year. In the meantime, Intel is stuck eating the dust of competition from Qualcomm and other fabricators like Samsung, Broadcom, MediaTek and Texas Instruments (currently adjusting their strategy) who chose to be early adopters of LTE.

How does this translate to numbers? Qualcomm has a full 48% of the revenue share of a market that is worth over $5-billion for the first half of 2012 alone. Intel’s stake is 1/240th of Qualcomm’s slice at 0.2%. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM8960 family of chips can be found on nearly every high-end handset out there, Motorola’s Droid RAZR M, RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, HTC’s One XL, Evo 4G LTE, 8X, as well as the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Qualcomm’s competitor Samsung uses Snapdragon chips in some of the Galaxy S III line and will use them in all of the Windows Phone 8 ATIV S devices.

The growth in this segment is over 60% compared to the same period last year. For a company like Intel, it has to be grinding on the personal computer processor king that it is effectively a non-participant in a mobile segment worth over $12-billion each year by itself. One this is certain, Intel wants in. Before they do, the company will certainly need to refine its designs to be competitive, if it is to achieve the glory it currently enjoys in the personal computer segment.

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 05 Oct 2012, 23:32 3

1. MeoCao (unregistered)

I don't like Intel for their monopolistic behavior in PC market, but mobile market needs Intel as alternative to ARM.

But even when Intel can come up with solution that can rival ARM's it's very tough for Intel to convince SS or Apple to use their chips as ARM offers those companies much more flexibility, So perhaps we will have 4 horse race: Qualcomm, SS, Apple and Intel.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 23:40 1

2. adelta90 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

Dont forget TI
The OMAP is the best for open source development, even better than samsung's exynos or qualcomm's chipsets

posted on 06 Oct 2012, 04:28 2

5. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

Latest news is that they´ll go out of the business after the OMAP 5, so I would not count with them. There is no OMAP 6 planned.
Note: I agree they are best for open source and I´ll miss them.
But I would count with NVIDIA Tegra, they are the best positioned ones on the tablet market and that market is growing right now. And there are a lot of expectations with the new Kepler architecture for GPUs, the die reduction with 28 nm and LTE integration in the chipset. Let´s see if they can deliver what they promised!

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 23:42 2

3. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

i dont think qualcomm's populary today will last... if cortex A15 will be introduce by TI, samsung even ST ericson and with mali-600 GPU i think it will have a fare share...

and besides intel's addressing this already and they're moving fast to atch up in the competition!so i think before 2012 will end they shouls introduce multicore chips!

posted on 06 Oct 2012, 00:26 5

4. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

but we also have to realise that its not only high end SoCs that sell well, low end SoCs is where the revenue is at.

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