Major chip vendors Intel and Qualcomm "missed the tablet boat" in 2012, and their future success hinges on Microsoft's Windows tablet operating system, judged Stuart Robinson, director of the handset component technologies service at Strategy Analytics.
Intel retained its long-held pole position in the worldwide semiconductor market, which declined 2.6 percent year-over-year last year, according to the latest stats from Gartner.
Economic uncertainty, delays in PC purchases caused by the Windows 8 launch and the tablet's displacement of low-end PCs all contributed to a 2.4 percent drop in PC microprocessor revenues last year, according to the latest figures from research firm IDC.
Qualcomm retained the pole position in the smartphone app processor market, while Apple led the tablet app processor market, according to the latest stats from Strategy Analytics.
LAS VEGAS-- The surprise appearance of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the kickoff keynote delivered by Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs typified the unexpected nature of this year's Consumer Electronics Show held here this week.
The New York State comptroller is suing mobile chip maker Qualcomm for the right to inspect the company's books to determine how shareholder funds are being spent on political activities.
Fueled by smartphone demand and 3G and 4G network deployment, Qualcomm saw its semiconductor revenues soared 29.6 percent in 2012, pushing it from sixth place in 2011 to third place this year, according to the latest stats from market research firm Gartner.
Chip maker Intel announced Tuesday that Paul Otellini, its long-serving chief executive officer, is retiring in May.
Cisco is teaming with Qualcomm to help retail stores, hotels, and other businesses use their Wi-Fi networks to provide smartphone users with location-based services and monetize customer opportunities.
Intel is taking a page from its own playbook and marketing its microchips for mobile devices through an "Intel Inside" branding campaign.