Qualcomm, Apple, TI, Samsung, Nvidia : Top 5 mobile devices graphics chip vendors in 2011

By Telecom Lead Team: Chip major Qualcomm has shipped the
most mobile devices GPUs last year, according to Jon Peddie Research. Apple,
Texas Instruments, Samsung, and Nvidia are the other top players.

Other suppliers in the market include Broadcom,
Freescale, Intel, Marvell, MediaTek, Rockchip, St-Erickson, and Wonder Media.

Jon Peddie Research said that shipments during the
fourth quarter of 2011 of GPUs in mobile devices (tablets and smart phones) had
a CAGR for the year (Q1 to Q4) of 18 percent. Samsung’s sales surged in Q3 and
Q4 giving them the highest CAGR for the year (39 percent), Followed by Apple
(26 percent), and Qualcomm (16.5 percent) which was already enjoying high shipment

In terms of shipments Qualcomm led the pact and ended up
with 31 percent market share for the year, followed by Apple (23 percent) and
TI (17 percent).

Market Share



















31.6 percent



32.6 percent



31.6 percent



30.2 percent



31.4 percent




22.2 percent



21.4 percent



18.7 percent



27.1 percent



22.7 percent




20.6 percent



16.2 percent



15.9 percent



16.2 percent



17.0 percent




9.2 percent



13.9 percent



15.9 percent



14.9 percent



13.8 percent




2.8 percent



3.6 percent



4.1 percent



1.7 percent



3.0 percent




13.4 percent



12.2 percent



13.8 percent



9.9 percent



12.1 percent

Table 1: Relative market share for mobile device GPU

Mobile devices GPUs are as powerful or more so as
entry-level PC GPUs and run applications that use Open GL ES 1.1 to 2.0. They
have programmable shaders and can deliver amazing game play, UI and browser
acceleration, and accelerate the new potentially killer app augmented-reality

In addition to the semiconductor suppliers there are four
GPU IP suppliers: ARM, DMP, Imagination Technologies, and Vivante. Those
companies provide IP to all of the SoC builders except Broadcom, Nvidia, and

2012 is shaping up to be a battle royal, with Samsung
making big gains, Apple continuing its relentless growth, TI fighting back and
Nvidia gaining design wins.

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