Amid the ongoing revolution for in-house components, the world’s top chipmakers, MediaTek and Qualcomm, still have an iron grip over the industry. And, with global chip shortages plaguing the industry, the biggest semiconductor companies maintain their upward trend. The latest quarterly report confirms that. According to the latest rankings, MediaTek is still the undisputed leader of the smartphone chip race.
Posted by Counterpoint Research, MediaTek captured a commanding 40 percent chunk of the market between July and September this year. In second place, Qualcomm got a respectable 27 percent of market share. Apple, buoyed by its own in-house chips, grabbed third place with 15 percent of the market. Unisoc, Samsung, and HiSilicon trail behind with 10 percent, 5 percent, and 2 percent, respectively.
Over last year’s performance on the same quarter, MediaTek, Apple, and Unisoc all improved their performance. The rest partially or drastically dropped off.
According to the analysis, MediaTek won the overall market by clinging to yesteryear’s standards. The company is still the leader of 4G chip distribution, capitalizing on the ongoing 5G chip shortages. That said, Qualcomm now has a stranglehold on 5G chips, capturing 62 percent of that niche. Of note, Apple currently sources its 5G modems from Qualcomm. (For comparison, MediaTek grabbed only 28 percent of 5G chip distribution.)
Another notable observation: Huawei’s tenuous grip on third place plummeted this year. From a capable 13 percent market share last year, HiSilicon now owns just a sliver of the market, 2 percent. With Huawei dropping off from ongoing American regulations, it’s no surprise that HiSilicon is also suffering.
Things might change this quarter, though. For one, the shortages are still affecting everyone in the market. Also, more smartphone makers have decided to produce their chips in-house.
Samsung is increasing the prices of its chipsets
Others have already accepted
Shortages are still plaguing the tech industry. Because of various lockdowns throughout the past few years, new devices haven’t met the surge of demand from consumers. Besides not delivering devices, companies also deal with a loss in profit. Inevitably, that lost profit would rear its head in another way. Samsung, a major player in the chipmaking industry, has decided to up its chipset prices.
First reported by Bloomberg, Samsung is renegotiating the prices of its chipsets. If successful, the company’s clients will reportedly pay between 15 to 20 percent more to get their components. Additionally, chips made on legacy nodes will likely pay more in the end.
According to the report, some clients, currently unnamed, have already agreed to the price increase. Others are still in the process of negotiations. Though it’s certainly more expensive, the current forecast speculates that most clients will likely take the new deal. For one, other companies have already upped their prices as well. Samsung isn’t alone. However, the South Korean company has an advantage: more high-tech machines resulting in better chips and faster production.
Of course, the story doesn’t end there. While some clients have already accepted, there is no indication as to who will ultimately shoulder the brunt of the price increase. Will this mean more expensive devices in the future, or will companies graciously take a lesser margin of profit?
Qualcomm unveils its plans for Wi-Fi 7
Can reach up to 33Gbps speeds
The transition from 5G to 6G shouldn’t be the only thing we’re excited for. Companies are also working on huge improvements for Wi-Fi. Because of the ongoing popularity of 5G, not a lot of the spotlight was shone on the current Wi-Fi 6 and 6E standards. However, home internet is just as important. Now, the future wants to make things even faster. Qualcomm has announced the next chips to introduce Wi-Fi 7.
Recently, the company officially revealed the Wi-Fi 7 Networking Pro Series. The lineup will eventually don the future of routers for a variety of environments including home and enterprise use. According to Qualcomm, the chips will reach speeds of up to 33Gbps with stabler connections and lesser interference. They will support 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz channels.
For reference, Wi-Fi 6 and 6E can reach only up to 9.6Gbps speeds. Though the jump is certainly dramatic, reaching higher speeds is crucial in today’s time when 4K streaming is quickly becoming a norm.
Of course, patience is key. Amid Qualcomm’s announcement, Wi-Fi 7 isn’t exactly here yet. Both networks and router makers haven’t released any products for the standard. However, some sources, like MediaTek, are currently predicting 2023 as a target date for the new standard’s launch in some capacity.
Samsung announces UFS 4.0
Coming to smartphones and smart cars
While most consumers focus on the number of gigabytes a smartphone has, a lesser known specification is quietly improving a user’s experience. If you’ve owned any recent Samsung phone, you might have noticed “UFS 3.1” in the specs. Universal Flash Storage helps the smartphone process data faster. Now, Samsung has launched an improved version of the standard: UFS 4.0.
Announced recently, the new standard promises an impressive improvement from the current one. UFS 4.0 reportedly reaches up to 23.2Gbps per lane, double the speeds of UFS 3.1. While the latter finds its home in the Galaxy S22 series, the former will try to find its way into automotive and VR applications.
BREAKING: Samsung has developed the industry's highest performing Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 4.0 storage solution, which has received JEDEC® board of director approval. What is UFS 4.0 and what does it mean for the future of storage? Read on to learn more. pic.twitter.com/4Wxdu0J2PD
— Samsung Semiconductor (@SamsungDSGlobal) May 3, 2022
Using Samsung’s 7th-generation V-NAND technology, the standard can deliver sequential read speed of up to 4200MB/s and write speeds of up to 2800MB/s. Storages with the standard will also come in various capacities up to 1TB.
Samsung will produce the storage starting the third quarter of this year. With the timing down right, the standard will likely make its debut in upcoming smartphones from the company. Besides that, the company is also linking up with other companies around the globe for future partnerships with the standard. It aims to create a global ecosystem helped by the new standard.
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