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ARM to get market share of PCs by 2015

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 06 May 2011, 05:48 Hrs
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Bangalore: Industrial Design Centre predicted that ARM, a company that deals with the development of processors for laptops and desktops, will have a 15 percent share of the PC microprocessor market by 2015.

ARM, which provides license to the processors made to design chip makers has lost its presence because of the present domination by Intel and Advanced Micro Devices(AMD). However, ARM believes that they can grab the market share as consumers consider PC as an option after Microsoft is coming out with Windows OS which could be beneficial for chip designers to get low-power processors from ARM.

Microsoft's Window 8 will work on both Intel and ARM processors. Chip makers such as Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have said that their ARM based chips will run Windows 8. Depending on the opportunity, the chip makers could develop ARM-based PC chips.

Netbooks could help ARM penetrate the PC market and servers with ARM processors could serve multimedia files or Web pages. Netbooks that have ARM processors are called Smartbooks and they do not qualify as PCs. ARM processors will be extended into tablets and Smartphones.

ARM will also have to improve their chips to fit into the profile of PCs. Such as 64-bit addressing, fast internal connections and more memory and cores that have to be designed into future ARM architectures to cope with the performance that is needed by PCs.

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