A new report from Strategy Analytics predicts that multi-core processor penetration in smartphones will hit 15 percent in 2011 and that number could be as high as 45 percent by 2015. Multi-core processors offer many compelling benefits including lower power consumption, faster web page load times, faster multitasking, and highly responsive 3D UIs.
Stuart Robinson, Director of the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service added, “We estimate Samsung will lead the smartphone multi-core applications processor market in 2011, followed by Qualcomm, NVIDIA, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments.”
I agree that multi-core penetration in smartphones could reach 15 percent, but I have a hard time believing that Samsung will be the top applications processor provider. Samsung’s dual-core Orion processor has been delayed and rumors suggest that Samsung Mobile will use NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor in their next generation of smartphones and tablets.
NVIDIA has already landed large handset makers like LG and Motorola, so I’m expecting they could be on top by the end of 2011. Qualcomm should also make a strong showing, but at this point we only expect to see their dual-core Snapdragons in smartphones by HTC. Texas Instruments has no design wins that we know about for their dual-core OMAP4430 processor, but hopefully that changes in the next couple months.
The first dual-core phones were shown off at CES and we expect several to go on sale in the first quarter. I was so impressed with the Atrix 4G that I’m actually switching to AT&T so I can experience the first device to kick off the mobile computing revolution.
If you are planning to purchase a new smartphone in 2011, is a dual-core processor one of your must-have features? Or do you think it’s just a bunch of overblown hype?