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Based on Digitimes Research's statistics, tablet shipments worldwide totaled 45.96 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017. The better-than-expected performance was driven by strong consumer spending in the high season, which benefited tablet brands and white-box vendors with sequential shipment growth.
In 2018, global server shipments will grow 8.5% to reach 13.73 million units. Digitimes Research estimates server shipments worldwide will grow at a CAGR of 6.5% during the period 2017-2022, with growth mainly driven by large-scale data centers and the China market.
Digitimes Research expects global AP shipments to surpass the 1.9 billion mark in 2017, with smartphones remaining the main application. Qualcomm will be leading the market in 2017, as other players continue playing catch up and scramble for funds to invest in more diverse applications.