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Apple and Allwinner sell most chips for tablets

Apple and Allwinner dominate the market for SoCs aimed at tablets
Allwinner A10 chip
The Cupertino giant sells most processors for tablets, followed by Allwinner, a Chinese chip maker that targets only the low-end market at this time.

While the most popular names of chips for tablets and smartphones in the world seem to be Samsung and Qualcomm, a recent report by research firm IDC reveals that first two companies in terms of sales during the 4th quarter of 2013 were Apple and Allwinner.

Based in China, Allwinner provides mobile chips for low-end devices and its main competitor is Rockchip, but the numbers say it all - during the last part of 2013, Allwinner shipped more than 18 million chips for tablets, while Rockchip barely delivered half of that amount. Also worth being mentioned is Intel, with about three times less tablet chips than Allwinner shipped during the given period.

The total volume of tablet processors for the last quarter of last year was 88.3 million and, according to Bloomberg, Apple continues to dominate that market. While there is no information about the volume of Apple processors sold, earlier reports shown that Apple had a market share of almost 34 percent of the tablet market during that period and the global volume reached 76.8 million units. This means that Apple sold about 26 million tablets back in the last part of 2013. 


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-03-17 (Update: 2014-03-18)