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Multicore CPUs in 45% Of Smartphones By 2015

By - Source: Strategy Analytics | B 17 comments

More than one processor isn't enough for future superphones.

The first dual-core processor phones are already on the way and it seems as if multicore phones will be about as common in 2015 as multicore PCs today.

Strategy Analytics estimates that 15% of all smartphone shipped this year will have a multicore processor. By 2015, the penetration will increase to 45% The most popular CPUs will be based on ARM Cortex-A9, A5 and A15 chips as well as Intel's x86 CPUs, Strategy Analytics predicts. “We estimate Samsung will lead the smartphone multi-core applications processor market in 2011, followed by Qualcomm, Nvidia, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments,” said Stuart Robinson, Director of the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service. 

Plenty of dual-core smartphone have been announced already - the LG Optimus 2x, the Motorola Atrix and Bionic and there is good reason to believe that the iPhone will go dual-core this year as well. Let's also remember that Microsoft said that a 1 GHz single-core CPU is a minimum requirement for a Windows Phone 7 device, so there is incentive to move to multicore rather sooner than later.

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    boiler1990 , January 27, 2011 9:35 PM
    45%? That's it? With the multi-cores coming out now (and 15% will be multi-core by the end of 2011), and contracts renewing somewhere between now and 2013, and then again by 2015, I think there'd be more than 45% out there.
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    rmmil978 , January 27, 2011 9:35 PM
    It would've been a lot more funny to make the phone in the picture a 1980's bag phone.
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    kcorp2003 , January 27, 2011 9:36 PM
    didn't they said by 2015 you going to get hologram phones?
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    stm1185 , January 27, 2011 9:45 PM
    I think that number is way too low. Why?

    Because Apple is going to switch to multi core this year, and sales of single core will practically stop with them.

    Microsoft will most likely as well, and they force hardware requirements, so no more single core on MS phones.

    And it seems like the Android guys are going to fight out an arms race in the coming months, because who wants to buy the slowest android phone.

    So what is going to be populating 55% of the market with single core phones by next year? RIM? Nokia?
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    snoogins , January 27, 2011 10:11 PM
    RIM will be the other 55% lol
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    JOSHSKORN , January 27, 2011 10:31 PM
    Prediction: Cloud computing will be a waste of time. We won't even have Desktops as we know it, but moreso docking stations to project our cell phones onto big screens, use QWERTY keyboards and mice and so forth. Hell, in 2015, we'll be using the old joke "My cell phone can run Crysis!".
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    mister g , January 28, 2011 12:15 AM
    I know a dual-core CPU has better performance than a single but unless battery technology evolves just as fast you'll be lucky to hold a charge for 1 day, let alone the 3 day norm.
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    enforcer22 , January 28, 2011 1:28 AM
    what kind of smart phone holds a charge for 3 freaking days.. i dunno about you but i have a smart phone to use its features and im lucky if its charged by the end of the day. hell most the time i have to keep it plugged in all day just to be able to use it when i get home.
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    mister g , January 28, 2011 1:34 AM
    Maybe my info was a little dated but my point about battery life is valid right? Your current single core phone can barely hold a charge for a full day, what do you think is the battery life of a dual-core one?
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    enforcer22 , January 28, 2011 1:50 AM
    I suppose it depends on how they make the chip. If they use the same exact chip and double it with out one disabling its self under low or no use then yeah. Its going to be kinda crap. I was more agreeing with you but was like who's phone even lasts that long. Im hoping they are keeping battery life in the front of their minds when they are making these phones cuz i can drain one in a mere few hours or sooner depending on what im doing.
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    squallypie , January 28, 2011 5:13 AM
    260511multi-core phones actually use less battery than single-core phones due to load optimization


    +1
    But i guess this applies only when the load levels are upto 50-60%. When they are all worked out, they would use lots of juice. But nevertheless, when mobile phones are as powerful as laptops we would get used to the battery life hopefully, just as we dont complain about the 4 hours avg battery life on a laptop ( my laptop only gives me 2.. its a gaming laptop anyway ).

    But if u really dont want that kind of power, there would always be a "battery friendly" offering from the manufacturer. Perhaps a different mobile phone with lower cpu frequencies?
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    tavix , January 28, 2011 10:59 AM
    45% by 2015?? LOL. This number should be for the smartphones released this year!
    In 2015, my bet is 50% of the phones made by kilos will have dual-cores. In 2015 95% of Smartphones will have at least dual-cores CPUs. Common!!!!
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    cptnjarhead , January 28, 2011 11:46 AM
    all those cores.. and as long as your not walking, driving, eating, breathing or generally enjoying life while using your multi core device.. the government will let you use them... well... for a designated period of time in a designated area.
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    cknobman , January 28, 2011 12:54 PM
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    The most popular CPUs will be based on ARM Cortex-A9, A5 and A15 chips as well as Intel's x86 CPUs


    Sorry I have to LOL at the x86 part.
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    schmich , January 28, 2011 2:24 PM
    Does he mean 45% of the smartphones owned or smartphones sold? If it's sold it seems way too low and if he means owned it seems a bit low as well. It would mean that in 2015 most people with 2 year contract (started in 2013) won't have a dual core (or more) smartphone...not right.
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    Niva , January 28, 2011 4:47 PM
    Won't matter much after the world ends in 2012 will it?
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    GoldenI , January 30, 2011 2:05 AM
    JOSHSKORNPrediction: Cloud computing will be a waste of time. We won't even have Desktops as we know it, but moreso docking stations to project our cell phones onto big screens, use QWERTY keyboards and mice and so forth. Hell, in 2015, we'll be using the old joke "My cell phone can run Crysis!".

    Okay, and what exactly do you base this prediction off of? What figures? Furthermore, 2015 is not far away at all.