IC Insights says the microprocessor market was worth $56.5 billion in 2012, a year-over-year increase of 2 percent, a much smaller growth than the 19 percent jump seen from 2010-2011. According to the firm, the market should grow 10 percent this year and achieve $100 billion per year by 2017.
AMD's $3.6 billion was only good enough to put it in fourth place behind Qualcomm and Samsung. Apple's custom SoC orders were included in Samsung's total, and they made up about 83% of the firm's microprocessor revenue last year. Thanks largely to strong iDevice sales, Samsung enjoyed much higher year-over-year revenue growth than anyone else on the list.
Qualcomm and Nvidia also experienced healthy revenue growth. However, Intel and AMD saw their microprocessor revenues decline. Intel's dropped only 1%, but AMD's fell a more substantial 21%. It will be interesting to see how new tablet-focused processors affect the numbers for Intel and AMD in 2013. Sales of those chips will surely contribute to microprocessor shipments, but revenues could still fall due to lower average selling prices. SoCs are cheaper than the traditional desktop and notebook processors they're challenging.