|[October 02, 2013]
Qualcomm Edges Broadcom to ABI Research's GNSS IC Vendor Competitive Assessment; CSR, and Mediatek Battle for Third
LONDON --(Business Wire)--
ABI Research's GNSS IC vendor matrix concluded that, overall, Qualcomm (News - Alert)
is the leading GPS IC vendor, followed by Broadcom in second place, and
CSR in third. The vendor matrix compares companies on 15 criteria across
the broader categories of GNSS Innovation and Implementation. Qualcomm's
domination of cellular GPS IC shipments courtesy of its embedded
platform strategy, coupled with its strong IZat and Gimbal platforms
means it is well placed to remain at the top in 2013/14.
Broadcom (News - Alert) is now firmly established as number two in this space, scoring
highest on Innovation. It has an impressive range of GPS ICs, with the
BCM47521 optimized for always-on ubiquitous location and shipping in
high volumes. Its HULA location platform highlights how the GNSS market
is changing and the importance of developer support.
CSR (News - Alert) retains its position in the overall top three, and while its
SiRFstarIV range is impressive, it will need to see a ramp up in
shipments in 2013/14. Interestingly, the sale of GNSS IP to Samsung (News - Alert) does
not prohibitively affect CSR's ability to address the cellular market,
other than limitations around embedded licensing, while its LaaS
offering will create new opporunity.
"Mediatek has now emerged as a major threat, taking third on Innovation
and 2012 market share rankings, following very impressive shipments of
its combo ICs into local Chinese smartphone manufacturers. It is also
strong on PNDs/recreational and cameras, with a growing presence in
other markets. Its move to fully embedded GPS in 2013 should prove
significant in driving market share in the future," comments senior
analyst, Patrick Connolly.
Beyond this, Intel (News - Alert) is starting to get serious on GPS while the
aforementioned Samsung IP acquisition will enable it to develop its own
embedded GPS solution in the future. Also worthy of note, U-Blox
continues its impressive revenue, shipment and client growth, while TI
continues to be marginalized relying on markets where embedded cellular
platforms have yet to dominate.
These findings are part of ABI Research's Location
Devices Research Service (https://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/gps-gnss/).
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