Multi-Core Processors to Reach 88% of Mobile Processors Shipped in 2013

Although multi-core processors are common today in notebook PCs, they are only beginning to become common place in other mobile devices, according to In-Stat  In-Stat projects 2010 will be a key year for adoption of multi-core processors in netbooks and smartphones in 2010, while MIDs/UMPCs will see uptake in 2011, and CE devices will follow during 2012/2013.

The use of multiple cores is more common with the x86 architecture today due to it's dominance in the notebook PC segment.  However, the ARM architecture will see a higher growth rate as the architecture transitions to multi-core configurations.  By 2013, almost 88% of the processors sold into the mobile market segment will be multi-core processors.

Integration of graphics/multimedia acceleration is a key trend as well. While multi-core dominates in the high performance mobile computing segments, integration of graphics/multimedia acceleration favors the smartphone, MID/UMPC and mobile entertainment device segment.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • The mobile market for merchant processing solutions is expected to grow at a 22.3% CAGR through 2013. By 2013, the market is projected to grow to about 775 million units.

  • The battle for the fast-growing mobile semiconductor market will intensify beginning in late 2009 and throughout 2010 with the introduction of new multi-core processors from each camp—ARM and x86.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,  Mobile Processor Review (#IN0904447SI), which covers the worldwide market for mobile merchant market processors, including CPUs, applications processors, and baseband processors. It includes:

  • Forecasts of the TAM for mobile processors by application, and market value TAM of silicon functions in mobile devices, through 2013.
  • Processor and vendor profiles of: Anyka, AMD, Broadcom, Chipnuts, Freescale, Intel, Jade Chip, Marvell, MtekVision, NVIDIA, Pollux, Qualcomm, Renesas, Samsung, Texas Instruments, VIA Technologies, and Vimicro.
  • Examination of the competing architectures and integration trends for multiple cores, graphics, I/O, and baseband functionality.
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This research is part of In-Stat's Mobile Technology service, which analyzes the technologies that are enabling and changing the next generation of mobile devices, including processors, graphics, modems, GPS, displays, memory, storage, and human interfaces.

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This report is one of three reports focused on the critical elements of mobile devices. The series also include:

Mobile Graphics & Multimedia Review, report #IN094446SI, October 2009

Mobile Baseband Review, report #IN0904449SI, to be released soon

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