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Global smartphone, tablet app processor revenues rise in Q1

The global smartphone and tablet applications processor market rose by 50% and 52% during the first quarter of 2013 to $3.6bn and $740m respectively, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics.

During the quarter, the smartphone app processor market was led by Qualcomm with 49% revenue share, followed by Apple and Samsung with 13% and 12% share respectively.

Strategy Analytics senior analyst Sravan Kundojjala said that Qualcomm’s performance during the quarter was mainly supported by the rising demand for stand-alone APQ-series applications processor shipments.

"The Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064T) has served Qualcomm well and the upcoming Snapdragon 800 family of chips will likely help further," Kundojjala said.

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The tablet applications processor market was led by Apple, Texas Instruments (TI), Samsung, NVIDIA and Intel, with Apple maintaining the lead with 40% market share, followed by TI and Samsung with 13% and 10% share respectively.

According to Kundojjala, the Chinese and Taiwanese tablet chip firms together captured 29% volume share in the tablet applications processor market during the quarter.

"Among these companies, MediaTek made significant progress with the help of design-wins at Acer, Asus and Lenovo and is well-positioned to grab double-digit share in non-iPad tablets this year," Kundojjala added.

The research firm reported that Samsung’s in-house customer Samsung Mobile boosted tablet applications processor shipments during the quarter, which had a five-fold growth.

Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service director Stuart Robinson said: "However, Samsung is likely to come under pressure from external suppliers such as Intel and Marvell who scored mass-market tablet design-wins at Samsung Mobile recently."
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