Roughly 150 million SoCs with ARM Mali graphics inside shipped last year, up from 50 million in 2011. This year the number is expected to hit 240 million, a fivefold increase in just three years. However, although it dominates the mobile processor market, ARM is facing tough competition in the market space, namely from Imagination, Qualcomm (Adreno) and to some extent Nvidia.
Mali GPUs are currently used in more than 70 percent of digital TVs and 50 percent of Android tablets. The share in mobile phones is much lower – just 20 percent. With smartphone shipments projected to hit 1.1 billion units in 2013, ARM is looking at very good year indeed, with or without graphics.