2016 seems to be the year of in-house developed Chipset for Smartphone manufacturers. This new Era was started by Apple and Samsung, and now lot of manufacturers seem to follow this Trend.
Recently we had seen LG, and now its turn of Chinese manufacturers, like ZTE, Xiaomi and Lenovo. ZTE seems to lead the trend, by getting a big fund of $ 74 million from China’s National IC Industry Investment Fund, to accelerate the in-house Chip Development.
Chinese manufacturers have already crashed the pricing of Smartphones, now they plan to enter the arena with another round of cheap chipsets. Qualcomm and Mediatek may be the biggest sufferers.
Xiaomi is also working with Chip Designer Leadcore Technology to develop ARM based Soc Chipsets. There are also some more local players who are developing very fast, like, Allwinner, Rockchip and Spreadtrum.
On an average, Processor Market is around 5.8 Bn $ / Quarter ( as reported PRNewswire Data for Q1 2015 )
Let’s have a look at Share of Chipset Manufacturers :
Qualcomm : Definitely, Qualcomm is leader in Smartphones,but lately lost ground to Samsung Exynos and Mediatek and now spreadtrum. Qualcomm was relying heavily on Samsung and Foxconn ( Apple manufacturer ). Qualcomm lost over 1 Billion, since these two companies started manufacturing Chipsets
Mediatek : Q3 2015 Mediatek accounted for roughly 18 % of the Smartphone manufacturers. Smartphones below 150 $ have been opting for Mediatek Processor, replacing Qualcomm low end chipsets.
Spreadrom : Though financial Data is not clear about Spreadtrum yet, But in Q3 the company accounted for almost 8 % of the Smartphones.
Please stay tuned with the update : Smartphone Chipset Manufacturers Market Share