MediaTek, meanwhile, regained the No. 2 position in basebands in the first half of the year, barely slipping past Intel with market share of 12.8 percent, Strategy Analytics said. MediaTek was helped by its strong 3G smartphone baseband processor shipments in the first half of the year, Strategy Analytics said.
According to Stuart Robinson, director of the Strategy Analytics handset component technologies service, MediaTek and Spreadtrum Communications Inc. together accounted for 54 percent of total GSM/GPRS/EDGE baseband shipments in the first half of 2012.
"MediaTek and Spreadrum’s basebands have been adopted by multiple tier-one handset vendors, a testament to their growing influence in the baseband market," Robinson said. "Strategy Analytics believes that MediaTek and Spreadtrum are well-positioned to further their success in 3G and 4G basebands."
Broadcom Corp. and ST-Ericsson rounded out the top five vendors of cellular basebands in the first half of the year, Strategy Analytics said.
Broadcom (Irvine, Calif.) continued to improve its product-mix and ranked No. 4 in the cellular baseband market in the first half of the year, Strategy Analytics said. Broadcom’s 3G baseband shipments grew more than 600 percent year-over-year, the firm said.
LTE baseband shipments registered the highest year-over-year growth among all air interface technologies in the first half of the year, while GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA and iDEN baseband shipments declined during the same period, Strategy Analytics said.
Always the same information is missing. Market shares given
-- revenues or units
-- BBs - standalone BBs or also BBs integrated with application processors -- and this could also be silicon integrated and/or co-packaged in a multi-chip package
Also feature phone BBs and smartphone BBs are world appart -- apples and oranges in unit prices and features/complexity
Strategy Analytics should of course be able to make profit selling its services. But there should also be a minimum clarity requirement from EETimes. Otherwise this is just noise and waste of time for your readers -- no information. One person opinion.