Jan 20 AT 3:00 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Analyst says 15 percent of smartphones will be multi-core in 2011

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?

Source: Strategy Analytics

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  • http://Website Black Kristos

    I REALLY want HTC to get their stuff together and get a nice EVO/Thunderbolt quality phone with Dual-core out there. I really have no intention of going with Moto or Samsung, but I am not buying another Android device unless it’s dual-core.

  • http://Website @neidlinger

    I love comments/blog post like these.

    15% of all smart phone will have 2 or more cores on them. Which is awesome and i’m glad to see thing move forward. But keep in mind there will always be something better down the road.

    The Nexus1 was amazing when it came out. 1GHrz processor, Google backing it and LOVELY screen. Then this came out, then that came out. Now this is out, now that is out.

    Heck Tegra is poised to announce tri-core processors.

    just make a good investment in the phone you are getting now then in 2 years you’ll be slightly the curve ball and you can make another good investment…..

    • http://Website poopsiedaisie

      quad core actually

  • http://Website Jon

    I would like to have a dual-core eventually, but don’t anticipate falling all over myself to get one in 2011. The improvements in the 2nd generation Snapdragon and Adreno platform are plenty to get me through this year.

    The jump from 528MHz (Ion/Magic) to 1GHz (Nexus) was huge in terms of user experience. It doesn’t seem likely the jump from a 45nm 1GHz single core to a dual core will be as jarring.

    • http://Website TGeezy86

      Agreed. Especially since it will be at least a couple years before the software can take full advantage of multicore chips. Only thing that will benefit hugely now is gaming. The myTouch 4g is fast enough for me for quite awhile…

  • http://Website joe

    Samsung will be number one because they will be supplying to Apple. That’s simple.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Good point! But I don’t think anyone has confirmed that Samsung will produce the A5 chipset. Who else would make it though?

      • http://Website io

        Apple will never tell the world that they are just borrowing the third party design and rebranding that.

        Do you think A4 chip is hundred percent designed by Apple? Even specialist chip companies take lot of effort.

        • http://Website TGeezy86

          Of course they won’t. The “A4″ is practically a Samsung Hummingbird with an Apple coat of paint slapped on. They changed some circuitry here and there but its the same everywhere else.

          • http://Website Steve

            Actually, the story with the A4 is even worse. Yes, it’s a Samsung Hummingbird that has been “Customized” by Apple. The term “customized’ really means dumbed down. At least with the version of the A4 in the Ipad, they dropped the ram from 512MB on the Hummingbird to 256MB. Apple also ditched the HDMI controller and downgraded the GPU from the OowerVR SGX540 GPU to the less powerful SGX535 (a 2008 design).

            Since the Orion is way behind schedule, I wonder how apple where apple is going to sources their dual core Cortex A9 chips from and how will Cupertino butcher them?

    • http://Website ^–^

      Qualcomm is supplying Apple with the sgx A5

  • http://Website matt

    Really at&a you think it will be that awesome huh?