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Competitive Landscape: Application Processor Suppliers for Smartphones and Tablets, Worldwide

Published: 22 September 2017

ID: G00326531

Analyst(s): Roger Sheng , Jon Erensen


Growing OEM consolidation and slowing shipment growth are reshaping the application processor market for smartphones and tablets. To stay competitive and grow market share, technology strategic planners must focus on building a one-stop-shop service ecosystem as their key future differentiator.

Table Of Contents


  • Competitive Situation and Trends
    • Growing Number of In-House Designs From OEMs
    • Increasing Demand for New Features and Functionalities
    • Rising Development Cost
    • OEM Consolidation in the Mature and Emerging Markets
  • Market Players
  • The Future of Competition
    • Develop On-Device AI Functionality
    • Support Global Multimode Cellular Capabilities
    • Leverage Existing Application Processor Platforms for Emerging IoT Endpoints
    • Build Hardware, Software and Component Supplier Ecosystems to Support OEMs
  • Competitive Profiles
    • Qualcomm
    • MediaTek
    • Unigroup Spreadtrum RDA
  • References and Methodology

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