Qualcomm has 86% share of LTE modem market
With 86% of the 47 million LTE cellphone modems shipped last year, Qualcomm will certainly continue its domination in 2013, says Forward Concepts.
“Samsung followed with 9% of the shipments, while tiny GCT Semiconductor managed to grab 3% of the market, primarily through LG handsets,” says the report, ”Renesas Mobile (mostly in Fujitsu handsets) and Nvidia-Icera each garnered 1% market shares.”
The report “Cellphone & Tablet Core Chip Markets ’13,” addresses the global market for cellular modems, application processors, RF transceivers, RF Power Amplifiers and Power Management ICs. Media Tablets and Smartphones are special parts of the report and are covered in depth.
Although high-end smartphones cost $700, you can now get low-end smartphones for $100, says the report.
According to the study, modems and application processors are increasingly found together in the same package, and even on the same die. So, the report forecasts the so-called com-processor market (communications/application processor), with the China market being of increasing significance.