Qualcomm and Apple competed fiercely for the top spots among chipset makers for smartphones and tablets in 2013, according to new reports from research firm Strategy Analytics. However, Qualcomm maintained its strong lead among baseband chip suppliers thanks to its dominant position in the LTE market, the research firm found.
LAS VEGAS--Qualcomm remains the market leader by far in the cellular baseband market, and in LTE chips in particular. However, its chipset rivals made clear this week at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show that they are intent on using 2014 to close the gap on Qualcomm when it comes to LTE.
The first products with Nvidia's Tegra 4i chipset, which combines the company's application processor with an LTE modem, will be rolling into the market in the first half of next year, but likely will not be aimed at the U.S. market, according to CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.
Nvidia announced its first chipset integrating LTE modem technology and its Tegra application processor into a single piece of silicon, its first major attempt to catch up to the likes of Qualcomm in terms of providing integrated chips for smartphones.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the chipset maker is bullish on tablets but will not make a larger dent in the smartphone market until it integrates its Tegra application processor line with LTE modems, something it is working on now.
Broadcom announced its intention to enter the LTE modem market with a chip the company boasted as one of the world's smallest, fastest and most capable. The chip, set to ship next year, puts Broadcom on a collision course with LTE modem market leaders Qualcomm and Samsung. The move will also create more competition for Intel, which has announced its intention to enter into the LTE modem market.
Broadcom will start providing sample LTE chipsets to customers next year, the company confirmed, indicating that it wants to catch up with industry leader and rival Qualcomm.
Texas Instruments CEO Richard Templeton said the silicon provider remains committed to its OMAP processor business, even as it completes its exit from the wireless baseband business. "I think it is a
ST-Ericsson will unveil a major revamp of its operations in the next two weeks, and could become a takeover target for other chipset makers, according to a Reuters article. The article, which cited
Texas Instruments predicted weaker sales and profits in the first quarter than it had expected due to weaker demand for its wireless chipsets. However, the company also forecasted that it will return