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The use of handsets continues to grow around the world, both in mature and emerging markets, as the communication devices become ever more ingrained in people's everyday lives. Global handset shipments topped 1.166 billion units in 2007, according to DIGITIMES Research, with Taiwan-based handset makers accounting for 9.3% of the market by shipping 108 million units.
In 2018, global server shipments will grow 8.5% to reach 13.73 million units. Digitimes Research estimates server shipments worldwide will grow at a CAGR of 6.5% during the period 2017-2022, with growth mainly driven by large-scale data centers and the China market.
Digitimes Research estimates total shipments of smartphone APs worldwide will grow 1.5% on year to 1.67 billion units in 2018. The slowing growth in the smartphone market means global smartphone AP shipments will only grow at a mild pace in the next few years, reaching 1.77 billion units in 2021.