Peak Smartphones is near

Smartphones will continue to grow through Gartner’s forecast period, but their share of the semiconductor pie will peak in 2017 at 25.4% and their overall amount of chip revenue will max out at $97.7 billion in 2018 as growth shifts to mid- and low-end models.

PCs and ultramobiles (below) will be flat this year. Growth will be slight through 2020, though the segment will continue to decline as a slice of the overall chip market.

In this market, “money has been going to stock buybacks and M and A — it’s the quickest way to get into new markets,” said Patton of GlobalFoundries, noting Qualcomm’s whopping deal to buy NXP to expand its automotive and IoT business.

SOURCE – EETImes, IHS, Gartner