Qualcomm took 42 percent of the $3.8 billion market for mobile processors in smartphones in the third quarter, Strategy Analytics estimated. Samsung took second place at 27 percent thanks to the use of its Exynos chip in its Galaxy S III and Note II handsets.
Mediatek ranked third with 12 percent share, followed by Broadcom and ST-Ericsson in the report that tracked 16 chip vendors. Texas Instruments—now refocused on embedded systems--dropped out of the top-five smartphone applications processor rankings in both unit and revenue terms for the first time.
Nvidia’s share of the smartphone sector remained flat, the company reported. However it is expected to make gains as it rolls integrated LTE basebands into its SoC later in 2013, it said.
Among other rising stars, China’s Spreadtrum grabbed 1.7 percent share in the quarter with strength particularly in China’s TD-SCDMA standard. Intel eked out a 0.2 percent share as it gained design wins for its Atom-based SoC.
Qualcomm’s share in the Android ecosystem dropped from over 60 percent in early 2011 to about 35 percent in the third quarter, the market watcher said. Meanwhile Mediatek saw ten-fold growth in revenue for its smartphone apps processors compared to the same quarter in 2011.
“MediaTek continues to chase Qualcomm hard with its integrated strategy and the company gained significant share during the quarter,” said Stuart Robinson, director of the company’s Handset Component Technologies service.
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