Does Intel Corporation Finally Have a Chance in Smartphones?

The smartphone market, and therefore smartphone processors, have skyrocketed over the past few years, but a new report from Strategy Analytics is suggesting that the smartphone processor market could continue to soar through 2018. The report predicts an annual growth rate of 11% between now and then, reaching a total market size of $30 billion.

In this segment from Friday's Tech Teardown host Erin Kennedy and Motley Fool tech and telecom bureau chief Evan Niu discuss the biggest growth drivers for this market over that period, and which players involved stand to benefit the most. Evan points to LTE-Advanced technology and a major transition to the 64-bit chip architecture that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) initiated last year. He discusses the major shift happening at the moment away from stand-alone processors to processors with integrated cellular functions. Evan expects the market penetration of the multi-core integrated chips to skyrocket, as penetration for the stand-alone chips recedes.

Evan tells investors who the biggest players in the market's shift to the 64-bit architecture will be, and why Intel (NASDAQ: INTC  ) may be the surprise player to watch in this space, despite currently having almost no smartphone chip presence.

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  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2014, at 1:21 AM, symbolset wrote:

    Intel is enamored with inventing tomorrow's widgets - with being the inventor behind Star Trek technologies. They have come out with some pretty cool stuff. They succeed at that goal.

    But the story in Star Trek and in real life is not, and never has been, about the widgets. It's about the people, their wants and needs, how the widgets enable and empower them to develop their personal story. The widgets are props. Intel is the propmaker to Star Trek, not the storywriter, producer or director.

    They need to wrap their heads around the idea that they can invoke change through empowering people with technology. They need to leverage that. They can take control of the story. Once they do, the sky is the limit. They can drive the emerging social discussion.

    Can they do it? Yes. You can always change your perspective. Will they? I don't know. Doesn't seem likely at this moment.

    They still have a strong position in inventing widgets. They are not in much danger even with the transition to mobile. But they are not moving to the next level.

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Evan is a Senior Technology Specialist at The Motley Fool. He was previously a Senior Trading Specialist at a major discount broker. Evan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a CFA charterholder.

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