Qualcomm is ranked number two and its rise reflects the marketshare gains for makers of processors for mobile phone and tablet computers who, in aggregate, increased market share to 31% in 2013 from 26% in 2012.
In 2013 the MPU market was worth $58.6 billion, about 22% of total IC sales, IC Insights reckons.
Within the MPU category tablet application processors were about 6%, up from 4% the previous year, while cellphone processors accounted for 25% of the revenue, up from 22% in 2012. This leaves MPUs used in personal and server computers and embedded processing dropping to 69% of the total, from 74% in 2012.
Leading MPU suppliers ranked by 2013 sales ($M). Source: IC Insights.
Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, makers of x86 processors, have been suffering from this trend. While Intel has been trying to break into the ARM domain of mobile equipment – with little success – Advanced Micro Devices has been persuaded to license the ARM 64b-bit architecture for use in server processors.