Intel, which has been striving to get processor design wins in mobile devices, has made progress in the tablet computer market, rising to No. 2 among suppliers behind Apple in the second quarter, according to the market analysis company Strategy Analytics.
The global market for tablet computer applications processors grew by 23% from a year earlier to reach $945 million, the firm said. For comparison, the smartphone application processor market grew 22% to reach $5.2 billion.
Apple maintained its leading position and market share at 26%, followed by Intel with 19% and Qualcomm with 17%. Behind them came MediaTek and Samsung. This gives Intel the leading position in non-iPad tablet computers. Strategy Analytics said that this position is a difficult one to maintain, and that six companies have held it at various times.
"The non-Apple tablet AP market leadership position continues to change hands and during Q2 2014 it was Intel's turn," said Sravan Kundojjala, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, said in a press release. Intel is on course to achieve its 40 million tablet AP shipment goal in 2014.
However, there is plenty of competition bubbling up. HiSilicon, Marvell, MediaTek, Nvidia, and Qualcomm all registered significant shipment growth in the tablet AP market, according to Stuart Robinson, director of the handset component technologies service at Strategy Analytics. Nvidia is positioned to grab high-profile tablet design wins with its 64-bit Tegra K1 chip in the second half of 2014.
This article originally appeared on EETimes Europe.