Taipei, Monday, May 4, 2015 13:02 (GMT+8)
rain
Taipei
22°C
Trends in China's mobile AP market
Eric Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Wednesday 21 November 2012]
Registration required (free) to purchase. Please sign in if you wish to continue.
China-based chipmakers will catch up with mainstream AP architectures in the second half of 2012, with the Cortex-A9 becoming the mainstream foundation, augmented by a smaller proportion of chips using Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A5, while Cortex-A8 will gradually exit the market. In the fourth quarter, some China manufacturers will begin to ship quad-core products for use in smartphones and tablets.
Abstract
China smart mobile device AP shipments by telecom standard, 2012 (m chips)

For major application processor manufacturers, 2012 is a year fraught with far more intense competition and challenges than any previous year. This is largely due to increased consumer performance requirements for mobile devices, the rapid increase in users in emerging markets, and the accelerating pace of development in terms of technology, architectures and price competition. Over the last year alone, greater advances in manufacturing processes and performance improvements for ARM architecture-based application processors (AP) have been made than in the last few years combined.

China-based manufacturers will catch up with mainstream AP architectures in the second half of 2012, with Cortex-A9 becoming the mainstream, augmented by a smaller proportion of chips using Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A5, while Cortex-A8 will gradually exit the market. In the fourth quarter, some China manufacturers will begin to ship quad-core products for use in smartphones and tablets.

Digitimes Research calculates that nearly 300 million smart devices (smartphones and tablets) will be shipped in China in 2012, with smartphones accounting for some 240 million of this figure, and tablets for the remainder. This represents growth of three to four times over the 2011 figures. However, the China market is entering a period of intense price reductions with many vendors launching sub-CNY199 smartphones; this could have an unhealthy impact on the market, even to the extent of hastening the demise of some manufacturers.

Table of contents
Price: NT$48,000 (approx. US$1,685)
Realtime news
  • ECS nets NT$0.68 per share for 1Q15

    IT + CE | 45min ago

  • China software industry posts January-March revenues of CNY880 billion, says MIIT

    IT + CE | 47min ago

  • Apple iPhone captures 12% smartphone market share in China in 1Q15, says Strategy Analytics

    Mobile + telecom | 50min ago

  • VIS expects 2Q15 sales and gross margin to drop

    Bits + chips | 51min ago

  • ASE expects to double SiP revenues in 2015

    Bits + chips | 53min ago

  • Macronix, Etron reportedly looking to tap MCP memory market

    Bits + chips | 56min ago

  • Macronix looks to grow revenues from NAND flash memory

    Bits + chips | 57min ago

  • China unlikely to develop home-grown DRAM technology within five years, say Nanya and Inotera

    Bits + chips | 59min ago

  • PTI net profits up nearly 30% on year in 1Q15

    Bits + chips - Newswatch | 1h 2min ago

  • IC testing firm Ardentec performs strongly in 1Q15

    Bits + chips - Newswatch | 1h 4min ago

  • Taiwan market: Asustek to launch VivoWatch in early May

    Mobile + telecom | 1h 53min ago

  • Headset maker Merry sees earnings decline sharply in 1Q15

    IT + CE - Newswatch | 1h 56min ago

  • Taiwan market: TWM aims at 3 million 4G users for end of 2015

    Mobile + telecom | 2h 25min ago

  • Winbond posts slight sales growth in 1Q15; cautious about 2Q

    Bits + chips | 2h 34min ago

  • Chunghwa Telecom 1Q15 capital spending at NT$5.53 billion

    Mobile + telecom | 2h 38min ago

Pause
 | 
View more

Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2015

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 10, 15:57

The server market did not perform well in 2014 though rising demand from Internet data centers (IDCs) and China brands helped global shipments (measured by motherboards) grow 7.1% to 10.4 million. Using this as the base for growth, in 2015 the market is expected...

How China is shaping the LTE/TD-LTE market in 2015

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Apr 9, 15:42

Digitimes Research estimates that the global LTE market doubled in size to 445 million users in 2014 and we further forecast that annual growth in the number of LTE users will remain above 70% between 2015-2016, with the overall market reaching 1.466 billion...

Taiwan LCD monitors – 1Q 2015

TAIWAN DISPLAY SYSTEM | Apr 28, 15:25

Taiwan makers' first-quarter 2015 LCD monitor shipments dropped below 20 million units for the first time in almost a decade, as demand continued to be weak.

Taiwan digital cameras – 1Q 2015

TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Apr 28, 10:33

DSCs continue to be cannibalized by smartphones with increasingly better camera functions. Taiwan's DSC makers saw a short-lived rebound in shipments in fourth-quarter 2014, but slipped back to a downward trend in first-quarter 2015.

Taiwan notebooks – 1Q 2015

TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Apr 24, 15:49

The retail market was unable to digest the massive inventory of inexpensive notebooks in first-quarter 2015. The result was drastic drops in orders from vendors for their Taiwan-based ODMs, who were hit by the worst-ever sequential decline in shipments they had...

High-brightness LED market trends and forecast, 2015
Trends and forecasts for the China FPD industry, 2014-2017
Demand and supply trends in the global sapphire industry, 2014-2015
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.