Multi-core smartphone applications processors gained
strong traction in Q3 2011, accounting for almost 25
percent of total smartphone applications processors
shipped in Q3 2011, according to Strategy Analytics.
This growth can be attributed to strong holiday quarter
demand for flagship multi-core smartphones from major
Manufacturers use multi-core processors for smartphone
feature differentiation. According to Strategy
Analytics, Samsung's multi-core applications processors
for smartphones led the market with 57 percent unit
shipment share in Q3 2011, followed by Qualcomm with 18
percent, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA.
In contrast to the single-core processor market,
stand-alone applications processors dominated the
multi-core smartphone applications processor market,
which accounted for 90 percent of total multi-core
smartphone applications processors shipped in Q3 2011.
According to Stuart Robinson, Director of the Strategy
Analytics Handset Component Technologies service,
"Despite being bit late to market with dual-core
processors, Texas Instruments ranked number three and
took 13 percent share in the multi-core smartphone
applications processor market in Q3 2011, thanks to its
high-profile design-wins. According to Strategy
Analytics, dual-core OMAP processors accounted for
about 20 percent of Texas Instruments total smartphone
applications processors shipped in Q3 2011."
"Smartphones with multi-core applications processors
will make up 17 percent of the smartphones shipped in
2011, up from almost negligible shipment numbers in
2010, said Sravan Kundojjala, Senior Analyst. "Samsung,
Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA will benefit
from this growth and account for almost all multi-core
smartphone processors shipped in 2011."