Qualcomm tightens baseband grip
At $4.6 billion, the Q1 global baseband market was18.5% up on Q1 2012.
The other top five players in the market were Intel (12%), MediaTek (10%), ST-Ericsson, and Spreadtrum.
“Low-cost 2G baseband specialists MediaTek, RDA Microelectronics and Spreadtrum together captured over one-third of unit shipment share in Q1 2013,” says SA’s Stuart Robinson.
“The global cellular baseband market entered a new growth cycle thanks to the uptake of LTE in smartphones, emerging markets and non-handset mobile devices,” says SA’s Christopher Taylor, “Qualcomm and Samsung face increasing competition in LTE from Intel, Broadcom and several small LTE baseband vendors including Sequans, Altair, GCT Semiconductor and u-Blox. However, the rapid growth of LTE should raise all boats.”