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MediaTek gains in chipset shipment, Qualcomm suffers loss

In early January, reports showed that MediaTek was the world’s largest chipset supplier, beating Qualcomm to clinch the number one spot. And now, MediaTek is expanding its chipset market shares with no signs of slowing down.

A new report by Counterpoint Research, shows that MediaTek increased its chipset market share to 43% in Q2 of 2021. This new report is taken from the total number of processors shipped worldwide. In comparison, Qualcomm’s market share fell to 24% in the same quarter.

Counterpoint chip report
Counterpoint report

From the report, MediaTek gained an increase of 8% while Qualcomm lost 5% in the second half of 2021.

However, Qualcomm still leads when it comes to 5G baseband modems with a 55% market share while MediaTek has 30% share. Even so, both manufacturers see an increase of 16% and 19% respectively.

Counterpoint 5G band report
Counterpoint 5G band report

MediaTek produces more chipsets in the mid-range and budget segment. It also appears that the Taiwanese company is shifting focus to flagship processor.

Qualcomm once dominated the mobile processor market and held the number spot for years. Even now, companies such as Samsung and Xiaomi still uses Qualcomm flagship processors for their flagship phones.

If MediaTek can manage to produce a flagship processor to compete with Qualcomm, then its lead will extend even further. OnePlus, OPPO, and Vivo are well known for using MediaTek Dimensity processors.

But the fight for chipset is just getting started. Apple is still in the game with it’s a Bionic chip. Samsung is also in the race with its Exynos chips. And Google recently joined the race with the introduction of the Tensor chipset.

For now, MediaTek still continues to dominate the space while Qualcomm is playing catch up. Will Qualcomm catch up wot MediaTek by the end of the year? We’ll have to wait to find out.

But for now, MediaTek is seen rise in its chipset shipment while Qualcomm is experiencing loss in market share. And this is mostly because of the chip shortage experience by Qualcomm.

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