MediaTek said to lead the global smartphone SoC market

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A new report coming in has gone on to suggest that MediaTek will actually lead the global smartphone SoC market while its counterpart in Qualcomm will end up leading the global 5G smartphone SoC market. If this report does indeed turn out to be true, then it will actually mark a major shift in the industry as a whole. 

In accordance with what Counterpoint research has gone on to suggest, the global smartphone AP (application/processor)/system on chip (SoC) market is expected to undergo a growth of three prevent year on year as far as 2021 goes. This modest growth makes its way despite the fact that there are in fact constant supply constraints that have been present over the more recent times, while the 5G smartphone market sees rather rapid growth. Both Qualcomm as well as MediaTek are major fabless vendors of SoC, and Qualcomm is in fact expected to lead the 5G SoC market with a 30 percent market share. However of course, MediaTek won’t be too behind either as the company is expected to lead the global SoC market by ensuring a 37 percent market share.

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The research director in Dale Gai had his say on the whole situation by saying : “Whwn we break down our forecast with respect to the current demand-supply dynamics, MediaTek is likely to continue its Q4 2020 momentum into 2021 and likely to capture 37% unit share of all the smartphone AP/SoC shipped for the full year. This 20% potential annual uptick in demand is a function of competitive 5G portfolio powering sub-$150 5G smartphones manufactured at TSMC without any supply constraint and growing share in 4G segment.”

The report also added that MediaTek would actually benefit from the supply constraint that has gone on to affect Qualcomm. These particular constraints are with regards to RFICs (radio-frequency integrated circuits) from Samsung’s Austin gab, Power management ICs (PMIC), along of course with the comparatively lower 5nm production yeilds. 

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