TECH SUPPLIER Jan 2023 - Market Share - Doc # US49675822

Worldwide Semiconductor Market Shares, 2Q22: Data Processors in Primary Clients (PCs, Media Tablets, and Phones)


Phil Solis

This IDC study provides semiconductor market shares across primary client devices for 2Q22.

Primary clients are also shifting into a continuum that spans processing capabilities and form factors. Form factors form a continuum from simpler smartphones to foldable smartphones ("foldables") to media tablets to PCs. Processors exist in these devices along a continuum from low-end Arm processors to higher-end Arm processors to even higher-end Arm processors such as Apple's M processor line to x86 processors. Arm processors are becoming more powerful and are capable of running full versions of Windows. x86 processors are becoming more power efficient and leading to mobile PCs with much longer battery life. Heavier users of PCs still require x86 processors, while lighter users may opt for Arm-based Windows PCs. Companies like Apple have been challenging this paradigm on the iOS side, while Qualcomm and other companies with Arm processors will challenge this on the Windows OS side. There will be many developments over the next five years that may or may not change the market. It is with context in mind that we track how processor revenue and revenue share are changing every quarter across all primary client devices.

"Intellectual property for phones and tablets have been used to make initial Arm-based PCs, and Apple has taken IP from its M-class PC processors and put it into tablets," said Phil Solis, research director for Connectivity and Smartphone Semiconductors at IDC. "In the coming years, PC processor IP from Apple and Qualcomm will make its way into phones, and MediaTek and Samsung will have to come up with similar strategies. At the same time, x86 processors are becoming much more power efficient while providing solutions for the most demanding PC users."



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