Strategy Analytics: Smartphone and Tablet Slim Modem Revenue Jump 72 Percent in 2020

5G iPhone Design-win Drive Qualcomm’s Share Gains

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, the global smartphone and tablet slim modem market grew 72 percent to $5.8 billion in 2020.

Intel led the smartphone and tablet slim modem market in unit terms while Qualcomm led in revenue terms in 2020, per Strategy Analytics’ Handset Component Technologies (HCT) research report “Smartphone and Tablet Slim Modem Tracker 2020: Intel Leads but Qualcomm Gains Share“. Samsung LSI ranked number three in the smartphone and tablet slim modem market in 2020 with its Exynos-branded 5G slim modems. The terms slim modem used in this research report refers to a stand-alone baseband processor.

Sravan Kundojjala, the author of the report and Associate Director of the Strategy Analytics’ Handset Component Technologies service, commented, “Qualcomm made a strong comeback and captured 56 percent revenue share in the smartphone and tablet slim modem market in 2020. The company’s slim modem shipments grew 377 percent in unit terms in 2020. Qualcomm’s X55 5G slim modem featured in the iPhone 12 lineup and multiple Android flagship devices in 2020. Qualcomm will continue its slim modem momentum in 2021. Beyond smartphones and tablets, cellular IoT, automotive, connected PCs, fixed wireless access and mobile broadband segments all appeal to slim modem vendors. We expect increased focus on these segments from Qualcomm, MediaTek and Samsung in the next few quarters.”

According to Christopher Taylor, Director of the Strategy Analytics’ RF & Wireless Components service, added, “Intel led the smartphone and tablet slim modem market in unit terms. Intel’s shipments declined 23 percent in 2020 as its primary customer Apple shifted to Qualcomm’s 5G slim modems in 2020. The iPhone SE 2020 model and the iPhone 11 lineup fueled Intel’s slim modem shipments in 2020.”

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