Report: Qualcomm Maintains SoC Market Lead in H1 2017 at 42% of Total Revenue
There are a number of contenders in the SoC market including Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple, Huawei, MediaTek and others. However, not everyone involved actually fabricates (manufactures) their own chips, companies like Qualcomm and Apple contract this part out while they design the custom cores in-house (or “semi-custom” cores, in some cases). Competition continues to heat up in the space as some of these companies are involved in lawsuits with each other, but Qualcomm has been able to maintain its lead when it comes to revenue and brought in 42% of the total SoC revenue during the first half of this year.
A new report from Strategy Analytics says the overall application processor (SoC) market has actually been on the decline so far this year as total revenue dropped by 5% when compared to the same time last year. Their data shows SoC revenues from the first half of this year reached $9.4 billion with Qualcomm taking home 42% of that money. Many enthusiasts here at XDA prefer Qualcomm’s chips given phones with Snapdragon SoCs typically have substantially better developer support than MediaTek-powered devices, but Qualcomm’s modem patents and technology have shown to be a selling point among the mainstream customers.
This data shows that others in the space including Apple and MediaTek followed behind Qualcomm during H1 2017 as each of them brought in 18% of the total revenue. We’re also told that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC has performed better than the Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 combined. It’s believed that this is thanks (at least in part) to the integrated gigabit-class LTE modem that the company used.
Not only does it perform well for the price, it’s also generations ahead of MediaTek’s modem technology. As far as MediaTek is concerned, they’ve seen the most success from their mid-range Helio P series of chips but their flagship Helio X hasn’t been very successful yet. Because of this, MediaTek is expected to focus more on their mid-range offerings in an attempt to recover marketshare during the second half of this year.