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Forecast Overview: Mobile Phone Production and Semiconductors, Worldwide, 2017

Published: 31 October 2017

ID: G00325550

Analyst(s): Bill Ray , Roger Sheng , Jon Erensen


Mobile phones represent the largest application for the semiconductor market, but the market is saturating. Technology strategic planners at semiconductor vendors must focus on areas of the bill of materials that will continue to grow and look for adjacent opportunities outside of smartphones.

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 and 5G
    • High-Performance Application Processors and On-Device Artificial Intelligence
    • 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

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