25% of notebooks to be ARM-based in 2015
According to analysts iSuppli, a quarter of all notebook PCs sold in 2015 will have ARM processors, writes David Manners.
“Starting in 1981, when IBM first created its original PC based on Intel’s 8088 microprocessor, the X86 architecture has dominated the PC market,” says iSuppli’s Matthew Wilkins, “over the next generation, billions of PCs were shipped based on X86 microprocessors supplied by Intel and assorted rivals–mainly Advanced Micro Devices Inc. However, the days of X86′s unchallenged domination are coming to an end as Windows 8 opens the door for the use of the ARM processor, which already has achieved enormous popularity in the mobile phone and tablet worlds.”
To be introduced in 2012, Windows 8 is expected to support ARM-based PC systems in some versions. Microsoft at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January announced that Windows 8 would work with ARM-based system on chip (SoC) designs, whereas the company’s flagship operating system has supported only standalone X86 microprocessors in the past. ARM support will enable the full-fledged Windows PC operating system to work on highly integrated chips that are more space- and power-efficient than traditional X86 microprocessors, such as the ARM devices used in smartphones and media tablets.
ARM during the next few years is expected to achieve its biggest successes in the value notebook segment.
Typically priced at less than $700, value notebooks are designed to deliver the optimal price/performance to consumers. A category that includes netbooks, value notebooks most frequently employ AMD’s E Series and Intel’s Celeron M and Atom microprocessors.
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