The mobile handset, smartphone, and tablet chip markets have seen tremendous growth in the last 5 years, driven by innovative new products like Apple’s iPhone and iPad, and Google’s Android phones and tablets.
A new report from Global Information Inc. says the mobile phone and chip markets continue explosive growth as a result and are poised for double-digit growth through 2016.
It also identifies segments of the market where opportunities exist for startups and smaller companies.
Forward Concepts’ new cell phone and tablet market research report, Cellular Handset & Tablet Chip Markets ’12, offers extensive forecasts for all cellular handset and cellular-enabled tablets, and virtually all of the chips that enable them through 2016.
This extensive 654 page market study covers handsets, tablets, integrated circuits, and major semiconductor components. Moreover, the study provides forecasts through 2016 for annual unit shipments, average selling price and revenue for handsets, tablets and individual chip components.
Smartphone sales offset declining cellular handset shipments
Declining growth in cellular handset shipments (6.5% in 2011 compared with 12% growth in 2010) is largely offset by a predicted 17% growth in smartphone sales.
Baseband chips constitute the largest non-memory cellphone chip market, valued at $15.9 billion for 2011.
Power management units account for a $5.5 billion market value.
Other major cellular chips are RF transceivers ($3.7 billion), RF power amplifiers ($3.6 billion), image sensors ($2.9 billion), standalone application processors ($2.8 billion), and touch-screen controllers ($2.7 billion).
Peripheral chips better opportunity for startups
For startups and smaller companies, the market for cellular peripheral chips presents more profitable opportunities than these major core markets.
Wireless peripheral “combo” radio devices consisting of Wi-Fi, FM/AM, Bluetooth, GPS and (perhaps soon) NFC together constitute a growing share of the cellphone component market.
An Executive Summary for this report and a free sample of the full document are available athttp://www.giiresearch.com/report/fc239908-cellular-handset-tablet-chip-markets-12.html
Near Field Communication (NFC) Market to 2016
The NFC-enabled handset market is set to grow at a CAGR of 68.8% from 2011-2016, according to GBI Research‘s new NFC and mobile technology market research report, Near Field Communication (NFC) Market to 2016 - Increased Availability of NFC Embedded Handsets Key for Higher Market Penetration.
This NFC market forecast predicts that NFC will also be integrated in BlueTooth chipsets before 2016. Indeed, BlueTooth-embedded handset sales are expected to reach 2.4 billion units by 2016, and the majority of these phones will also feature NFC.
Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) was launched in November 2011 and this version is expected to lead handset manufacturers to opt for dual mode chips that support both BLE as well as older BlueTooth technology.
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