Qualcomm tightens baseband grip

Qualcomm HQQualcomm had 97% share of the LTE baseband market in Q1 and a 59% share of the baseband market overall, reports Strategy Analytics (SA).

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.”

Tags: mobile devices, Sequans

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