Research shows that Qualcomm, MediaTek and Intel together hold three-quarters of global mobile baseband revenue share in the first half of 2012. Guy Daniels reports.
According to a new report from Strategy Analytics, the global cellular baseband processor market recorded a 15 per cent year-on-year growth in the first half of 2012 to reach $8.1bn.
Qualcomm dominated the sector with a 51 per cent revenue share on the strength of its leading position in CDMA, W-CDMA and LTE basebands. MediaTek came a distant second with a 12.8 per cent revenue share thanks to its strong 3G smartphone processor shipments. Intel was close behind in third place with a 12.1 per cent revenue share, helped by continuing strong legacy 2G baseband shipments.
According to Sravan Kundojjala, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, Intel has a stronger position in the W-CDMA market:
“Intel ranked number two in the W-CDMA market in the first half of 2012, behind Qualcomm. The company has scored multiple high-profile W-CDMA design-wins at tier-one handset manufacturers in 1H 2012. Strategy Analytics believes Intel's upcoming first LTE baseband platform has the potential to cut into Qualcomm's LTE baseband lead in future.”
Broadcom grabbed the fourth place spot, with its 3G baseband shipments showing over 600 per cent year-on-year growth in the first half of the year. ST-Ericsson claimed the fifth spot, but Spreadtrum failed to make the top five. However, Stuart Robinson, director of the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service, said:
“MediaTek and Spreadtrum together accounted for 54 per cent of total GSM/GPRS/EDGE baseband shipments in the first half of 2012. MediaTek and Spreadrum’s basebands have been adopted by multiple tier-one handset vendors, a testament to their growing influence in the baseband market. [They] are well-positioned to further their success in 3G and 4G basebands.”
LTE baseband shipments registered the highest year-over-year growth among all air interface technologies in the first half of 2012 while GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA and iDEN baseband shipments declined during the same period.
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