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Over 250M Smartphone APs Shipped with Native AI Engines to Enable ML Applications in 2017 - Strategy Analytics

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The global smartphone Applications Processor (AP) market declined 5 percent year-over-year to reach $20.2 billion in 2017, according to the latest report by Strategy Analytics.

Security, privacy and bandwidth factors are currently driving the on-device artificial intelligence (AI) chip trend as smartphone chip companies are integrating intelligence engines in their designs. The on-device AI chip landscape is highly fragmented. 

The marker research firm thinks that 2018 will be an experimental year for on-device AI chips and 2019 will see more clarity on future direction. In CY 2017, over 250 million smartphone APs shipped with native AI engines to enable machine learning (ML) applications such as 3D face detection, image recognition and Animoji.

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According to this research report from Strategy Analytics, Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI & and HiSilicon,captured the top-five revenue share spots in the global smartphone applications processor (AP) market in CY 2017. Qualcomm gained market share and finished the CY 2017 with 42 percent revenue share followed by Apple with 22 percent and MediaTek with 15 percent.

Strategy Analytics estimates that 64-bit smartphone AP shipments grew 15 percent year-on-year in CY 2017 and accounted for 88 percent of total smartphone AP shipments in CY 2017, up from 71 percent in CY 2016.

Sravan Kundojjala, Associate Director, Strategy Analytics
Calendar year 2017 proved to be a very challenging year for low-cost and high volume players MediaTek and Spreadtrum as both companies saw their smartphone AP shipments and revenue decline sharply. For the first time in the last five years, both companies saw year-on-year smartphone AP shipments decline in 2017. 

Stuart Robinson, Executive Director, Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies
Despite increased vertical competition from both HiSilicon and Samsung LSI, Qualcomm gained market share and returned to shipment growth in 2017. Qualcomm’s flagship AP Snapdragon 835 and mid-range 600-series of APs all gained strong acceptance in CY 2017. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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