Apple dominates the market for Arm-based laptop processors

The Arm-based mobile computing chip market (smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs) grew 27% to US$35.1 billion in 2021, according to Strategy Analytics‘ “Handset Component Technologies (HCT)” service report.

The research group says that Qualcomm led the Arm-based mobile computing chip market with a 34% revenue share, followed by Apple with 31%, and MediaTek with 24 percent. Smartphone, tablet, and notebook computer processors accounted for 88%, 9%, and 3% of total Arm-based mobile computing chip revenue in 2021.

Arm-based mobile computing market outperformed the x86-based mobile computing market in revenues and units. Per Strategy Anlytics’ estimates, the total Arm-based mobile computing chip revenue was almost 20% higher than that of x86 (excluding chipsets and discrete GPUs) in 2021.

“Apple established itself as a distant market leader in Arm-based notebook PC processors with almost 90%t revenue share,” says Sravan Kudojjala, author of the Strategy Analytics report. “Apple’s M-series family of processors set the benchmark and gave Apple a 2–3-year lead over the rest of the Arm-based PC processor vendors.”

Qualcomm captured just 3% revenue share in the Arm-based notebook PC processor market in 2021 and lags Apple in CPU performance, he adds.

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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.