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.