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Qualcomm (QCOM) held a 97% share of the 4G LTE baseband chip market in Q1, estimates Strategy...
Qualcomm (QCOM) held a 97% share of the 4G LTE baseband chip market in Q1, estimates Strategy Analytics. Chalk that up to heavy R&D spend and a big head-start in developing chips with support for both multi-mode (2G/3G/4G) operation and a wide variety of frequency bands. That number is likely to fall going forward as offerings from Nvidia, Broadcom, and Intel arrive, but Qualcomm isn't standing still either. SA also estimates Qualcomm, aided by its Snapdragon baseband/app processor line, had a 59% share of the broader baseband market, up from 52% in 2012. That dwarfs #2 Intel's (INTC) 12% share and #3 MediaTek's 10%. ST-Ericsson and Spreadtrum (SPRD) rounded out the top-5.