Competition in Mobile Chips to Grow in 2009: In-Stat
Analyst firm In-Stat expects the mobile processor market to see heightened competition in the second half of 2009, as x86 chip makers such as Intel and AMD continue to drive down power consumption and ARM vendors, including Freescale, Texas Instruments and Samsung, grow the performance of their processors by adding more cores. In-Stat also expects to see the mobile processor market grown by 22.3 percent by 2013.With Intel and Advanced Micro Devices driving down the power consumption of its x86 processors, and ARM chip makers increasing the performance of theirs, research firm In-Stat expects the competition in the mobile chip market to increase this year. A key area of competition will be the fast-growing mini-notebook market, according to In-Stat analyst Jim McGregor. The findings are in a report, "Mobile Processor Review: The Battle for the Next Generation Consumer Devices," which In-Stat announced Aug. 18.
"While both [x86 and ARM processor vendors] will offer competitive solutions, In-Stat does not anticipate quick changes in the current market mix," McGregor said in a statement. "Mini-notebooks will be the primary battleground as the market starts seeing some crossover in 2011. However, both architectures are likely to co-exist as devices become more focused in features and usage models."