October 26, 2010 00:15 ET

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines: The Mobile Processor Market to Approach 4 Billion Units by 2014, Says In-Stat

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - October 26, 2010) - Mobility and mobile devices are reshaping the entire high-tech industry. Everything from silicon chipsets to software to services are being reshaped by mobility. Smartphones will continue to be the innovation driver in mobile processor technology, particularly with the integration of multiple cores, GPUs and baseband modems. While there will be some convergence of devices and usage models, consumer patterns and the history of the high-tech market indicate that the total number of mobile devices will continue to expand, increasing the TAM of mobile processors to nearly 4 billion by 2014, says In-Stat (

"Currently, two architectures, ARM and x86 dominate the low and high-end of the mobile market, respectively, and are battling it out for the mid-range convergence devices like e-readers, tablets, and netbooks," say Jim McGregor, Chief Technology Strategist. "However, other architectures, such as MIPS and SH, are equally suited to power mobile SoCs. As more emphasis is placed on the OS and mobile applications, the use of a particular processor architecture or instruction set is likely to become less important. The differentiating factors become price, power, and performance."

Recent research findings include:

  • Nearly 3/4ths of all mobile processors will be multi-core in 2014, and an even higher percentage will have integrated baseband.
  • The trend towards integrated baseband modems will become a critical differentiator for mobile processors over the next few years.
  • Tablets represent the fastest growing market segment for mobile processors with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 123.6% from 2009 through 2014.
  • Cellphones, including feature phones and smartphones, represent the largest opportunity for mobile processors today and for the foreseeable future.

Recent In-Stat research, Mobile Processors: The Battle Heats Up in 2011 (#IN1004747SI), examines the overall TAM of the mobile processor market by applications, as well as the trends and what and who are likely to emerge on top as the industry evolves.

Included in this report is the following:

  • Forecast for each mobile category, including notebooks, netbooks, tablets, e-readers, smartphones, and cellphones
  • Forecast by architecture for the high-end devices, like smartphones, PCs, and tablets
  • Processor market shares for computing devices, including notebooks, netbooks and tablets
  • Forecasts of integration patterns for multiple cores, GPUs, and baseband modems by mobile device type
  • Estimated value of the key processor components
  • Profiles of over 22 processor vendors, including Broadcom, Freescale, Intel, Marvel, Mediatek, Qualcom and ST-Ericsson.
  • Forecasts of who is likely to emerge as the industry leaders and why

For a free sample contact Elaine Potter,; (480) 483-4441

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Contact Information

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