Press Release

Mobile Phone and Tablet Chip Markets Continue to Explode, Poised for Double-Digit Growth Through 2016

May 11th, 2012

Global Information Inc. is pleased to announce two significant new reports on the rapidly evolving cellular handset and tablet chip markets.

Cellular Handset & Tablet Chip Markets 2012

The mobile handset, smartphone, and tablet chip markets have seen tremendous growth in the last 5 years, driven by innovative new products like Apples iPhone and iPad, and Googles Android phones and tablets. Forward Concepts new cell phone and tablet market research report, Cellular Handset & Tablet Chip Markets 12, offers extensive forecasts for all cellular handset and cellular-enabled tablets, and virtually all of the chips that enable them through 2016. This extensive 654 page market study covers handsets, tablets, integrated circuits, and major semiconductor components. Moreover, the study provides forecasts through 2016 for annual unit shipments, average selling price and revenue for handsets, tablets and individual chip components.

Declining growth in cellular handset shipments (6.5% in 2011 compared with 12% growth in 2010) is largely offset by a predicted 17% growth in smartphone sales. Baseband chips constitute the largest non-memory cellphone chip market, valued at $15.9 billion for 2011. Power management units account for a $5.5 billion market value. Other major cellular chips are RF transceivers ($3.7 billion), RF power amplifiers ($3.6 billion), image sensors ($2.9 billion), standalone application processors ($2.8 billion), and touch-screen controllers ($2.7 billion).

For startups and smaller companies, the market for cellular peripheral chips presents more profitable opportunities than these major core markets. Wireless peripheral "combo" radio devices consisting of Wi-Fi, FM/AM, Bluetooth, GPS and (perhaps soon) NFC together constitute a growing share of the cellphone component market.

An Executive Summary for this report and a free sample of the full document are available at

Near Field Communication (NFC) Market to 2016

The NFC-enabled handset market is set to grow at a CAGR of 68.8% from 2011-2016, according to GBI Researchs new NFC and mobile technology market research report, Near Field Communication (NFC) Market to 2016 - Increased Availability of NFC Embedded Handsets Key for Higher Market Penetration.

This NFC market forecast predicts that NFC will also be integrated in BlueTooth chipsets before 2016. Indeed, BlueTooth-embedded handset sales are expected to reach 2.4 billion units by 2016, and the majority of these phones will also feature NFC. Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) was launched in November 2011 and this version is expected to lead handset manufacturers to opt for dual mode chips that support both BLE as well as older BlueTooth technology.

This report covers the latest information and research efforts of a number of NFC companies and organizations around the world. The report provides information on the market size of different NFC secure element (SE) form factors and provides analysis of the key NFC end user market segments.

An Executive Summary for this report and a free sample of the full document are available at

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