Gartner Research

Forecast Overview: Mobile Phone Production and Semiconductors, Worldwide, 2016

Published: 24 June 2016

ID: G00297400

Analyst(s): Jon Erensen , Roger Sheng


Mobile phones represent the single largest application for the semiconductor market, but the market is maturing. Two key trends continue to drive mobile phone unit production and semiconductor markets — the transition from traditional mobile phones to smartphones and the adoption of 4G LTE.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Market Description

  • The Rise of the Smartphone
  • The Turnkey Business Model
  • The Role of Wireless Service Providers
  • Mobile Phone Semiconductors
  • Phone Mix Implications for the Semiconductor Market
    • Premium Smartphones
    • Basic Smartphones
    • Utility Smartphones
    • Traditional Phones
    • The Transition to 4G LTE
    • High-Performance Application Processors
    • Image Capture and Sensor Proliferation

Foundational Assumptions

  • End-Market Demand
  • Mobile Phone Price Points
  • Features and Functions
  • Wireless Carrier Roadmap
  • System Design
  • Functional Integration

Market Model or Methodology

  • Forecast Components
    • Mobile Phone Unit Production
    • Mobile Phone Semiconductor Device Unit Content
    • Mobile Phone Semiconductor Device ASPs
  • Influencing Factors
    • Carrier Subsidies/Promotions
    • End-Market Demand
    • System Design and Functional Integration
    • Features and Functions
    • Supply and Demand and Cost Reduction
    • Semiconductor R&D Spending
    • Capital Spending
  • Connections
    • Enterprise Spending > End-Market Demand
    • Consumer Spending > Channel/End-Market Demand
    • Features and Functions > System Design
    • Device and Package Design > Functional Integration
    • Technology Node > Functional Integration
    • Device and Package Design > Features and Functions
    • Technology Node > Cost Reduction
    • Capital Spending > Manufacturing Utilization

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.