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Apple Expected to Surpass Intel as Top Mobile Chipmaker

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Market research firm NPD In-Stat believes that Apple will become the top-seller of mobile processors due to the success of its iPhone and iPad devices.

Of course, there is no reason to believe that Intel will give up its leadership position in x86 notebook processors, but there is an ongoing shift in the use of ARM-based processors in compact computing products, such as laptops and smartphones.

"Apple will likely capture the top spot in 2012, driven by its success in devices, such as the iPhone and iPad," said Jim McGregor, NPD In-Stat's chief technology strategist, in a statement published by PC Mag. "Other companies that benefitted greatly from new product releases or dominance by their OEM customers included Nvidia, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, and Samsung." McGregor estimates that ARM will take about 73 percent of the mobile processor market this year.

"Although the total available market for mobile processors continues to grow, the emergence of industry leaders in the high-growth mobile device segment is becoming a key factor in the success of processor vendors," McGregor said. "Just having a captive market has propelled Apple into second place [in 2011] for the entire mobile processor market just behind industry leader Intel."

Intel's Medfield processor, which will debut this year in smartphones, can capture substantial market share in the mobile processor market as defined by In-Stat. The market research firm, however, believes that it will not arrive soon enough this year to make a big impact.

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  • 39 Hide
    ksampanna , March 23, 2012 5:14 PM
    Fail headline considering Apple doesn't manufacture any chips whatsoever. Will Tom's please step up n not use tabloid language.
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    BSMonitor , March 23, 2012 5:21 PM
    Everyone has been dethroning Intel for 20 years. Yet. They still are the industry leader. Weird how bloggers lack any sense of reality.
  • 27 Hide
    shardey , March 23, 2012 5:18 PM
    Apple designs their chips, Samsung manufactures.

    This headline is misleading, unless they consider designing chips as a "chipmaker"
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  • 39 Hide
    ksampanna , March 23, 2012 5:14 PM
    Fail headline considering Apple doesn't manufacture any chips whatsoever. Will Tom's please step up n not use tabloid language.
  • 27 Hide
    shardey , March 23, 2012 5:18 PM
    Apple designs their chips, Samsung manufactures.

    This headline is misleading, unless they consider designing chips as a "chipmaker"
  • 28 Hide
    BSMonitor , March 23, 2012 5:21 PM
    Everyone has been dethroning Intel for 20 years. Yet. They still are the industry leader. Weird how bloggers lack any sense of reality.
  • 24 Hide
    Anonymous , March 23, 2012 5:22 PM
    A5 is manufactured by Samsung and uses ARM A9 architecture. Who writes this kind of articles? Or is this an Apple add? In both cases it is false - like most Apple commercials :) 
  • 21 Hide
    silverblue , March 23, 2012 5:24 PM
    Along with the AMD competing with Ivy Bridge headline, we've gone from factuality to downright sensationalism. Oddly enough, both by the same author.

    Is it 1st April yet?
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    Au_equus , March 23, 2012 5:25 PM
    shardeyApple designs their chips, Samsung manufactures. This headline is misleading, unless they consider designing chips as a "chipmaker"

    other way around: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/03/16/ipad_a5x_processor_built_on_samsungs_45nm_technology.html
    samsung does manufacture the "retina" display though
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    dragonsqrrl , March 23, 2012 5:26 PM
    shardeyApple designs their chips, Samsung manufactures. This headline is misleading, unless they consider designing chips as a "chipmaker"

    They don't even really design any of the individual components in their SOC's. They just compile the components from various "designers" into a single package.
  • 11 Hide
    sublime2k , March 23, 2012 5:30 PM
    Lol no.
  • 2 Hide
    pharge , March 23, 2012 5:45 PM
    dragonsqrrlThey don't even really design any of the individual components in their SOC's. They just compile the components from various "designers" into a single package.


    But that is what most of the mobile chip manufactures do, don't they? Most of mobile ships from Samsung, Apple, or Qualcomm's are all based on the A4/A9/A12 CPU and PowerVR GPUs, aren't they?..
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    pharge , March 23, 2012 5:47 PM
    oops.... I mean chips* not ships...>_< SOrry about the typo
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    rantoc , March 23, 2012 5:49 PM
    dragonsqrrlThey don't even really design any of the individual components in their SOC's. They just compile the components from various "designers" into a single package.


    Most mobile companies does yes, Apple however will soon claim its their own like they always do while the rest stay in the reality!
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    rantoc , March 23, 2012 5:50 PM
    phargeoops.... I mean chips* not ships...>_< SOrry about the typo


    You can edit that misstype by using 'Read the comments on the forums' and edit it there
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    chomlee , March 23, 2012 6:05 PM
    Even though I am an owner of an IPad and an Iphone, I am getting sick and tired of everyone thinking Apple is such a great innovator. They came up with a good software for there phone and tablet. I will give them that. Everything else is no different than the rest of the industry. They have the best display because they bought out all the available advanced displays so no one else could use them in their devices.

    The last thing Apple is is a chipmaker. I don't even think you could call them designers unless you count telling the chipmaker "we want it to be really fast, with really good graphics" as designing a chip. What Apple really is is a company that has one of the best marketing departments in the world. For the past 5 years they have been continually brainwashing people into believing they are the only thing out there.

    I also have an ACER Iconia Android tablet which I actually like better than the Ipad and since I got the new Iphone 4S, I have been missing my HTC EVO. Come next upgrade period, I am getting an android phone and selling my Iphone (I should be able to get what I paid for it, they do keep their value)
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    nikorr , March 23, 2012 6:10 PM
    Well, that's expected : )
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    dragonsqrrl , March 23, 2012 6:31 PM
    shardey???http://www.appsplit.com/blog/2012/ [...] le-ipad-3/

    ??? What are you trying to say? That Samsung manufactures Apple's SOC's? Okay, though I'm not sure how that's related to my previous comment.
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    southernshark , March 23, 2012 6:36 PM
    Yes OF COURSE Apple makes more chips than Intel. Apple makes all of the Intel chips in its Macs and it makes all of the ARM chips in its mobile devices. If Apple ever uses the Atom or AMD processor in its IPAD then Apple will make those too. Its quite possible even that Apple made Intel and that Microsoft is just an illusion believed in by simply people who do not understand that Apple invented the computer and that all computers belong to Apple.
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    sewalk , March 23, 2012 6:41 PM
    au_equusother way around: http://www.appleinsider.com/articl [...] ology.htmlsamsung does manufacture the "retina" display though

    If you actually knew anything about integrated circuits, the article you cite emphatically makes the case that the chips are manufactured by Samsung, using Samsung's 45nm process, in Samsung's chip fabrication plant. Apple buys a license from ARM and other IP owners, integrates their technologies into a design and sends that design to Samsung for fabrication.
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    Anonymous , March 23, 2012 7:24 PM
    "Apple designs their chips, Samsung manufactures.

    This headline is misleading, unless they consider designing chips as a "chipmaker""


    Does this also mean that AMD is not a chip maker anymore now that they have given up their interest in Global Foundries and no longer manufacture any of their chips. I mean they just design them and GlobalFoundries (and possibly TSMC) manufactures the chips so by your logic even AMD is no longer a "Chipmaker." Apples name (or logo) is branded on the chip therefore they are the maker regardless of where the fabrication took place.
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    jaber2 , March 23, 2012 7:28 PM
    Tisk tisk, enough with these misleading headlines.
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