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Market Trends: PMICs for Smartphones and Tablets, Worldwide

Published: 28 May 2014

ID: G00259372

Analyst(s): Steve Ohr, Jon Erensen

Summary

The market for smartphone power management integrated circuits appears to be coming together around chipset suppliers, which offer their own PMICs to accompany their baseband and application processor chips. They make it easy for their customers to forgo third-party suppliers.

Table Of Contents

Introduction

Market Trend

  • PMIC Market Is Expected to Grow With the Proliferation of Multiple PMICs per Phone
  • PMIC Market Is Expected to Grow With the Proliferation of Multiple PMICs per Tablet
  • Mobile Phone Makers Are Increasingly Utilizing the PMICs Provided by Chipset Suppliers
  • Market Structure Trend
    • As the Largest Customer Base for Integrated PMICs Shifts to China, PMIC Suppliers Should Anticipate Demands for Reference Designs and/or Turnkey Solutions
  • Buyer Trend
    • As Long as Mobile Phone Service Providers Underwrite the Cost of Premium Smartphones, There Will Be Little Chance of Unseating Apple or Samsung as Preferred Platforms
  • Regional Trend
    • Chinese Handset Suppliers Are Becoming the Best New Customers for PMICs
  • Technology Trend
    • Charging Technologies Are Evolving

Contrarian View

  • Further Standardization of PMIC Functions and Form Factors Could Transform the Market

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