Quarter of laptops to run ARM by 2015

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Quarter of laptops to run ARM by 2015

Analyst firm says ARM is ideal for low-cost laptops as well as tablets.

ARM will grab a nearly a quarter of the laptop market within the next four years, according to analyst firm IHS iSuppli.

The analyst firm predicted 22.9% of laptops will run on ARM processors by 2015 - up from 3% now - as the UK company helps manufacturers give "some real competition" to Intel.

Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst of compute platforms for IHS, said "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”.

Microsoft announced at the beginning of the year that Windows 8 would support ARM processors, as it looks to gain a foothold in the tablet market.

But iSuppli doesn't see ARM's success limited to tablets, predicting ARM would see it's "biggest successes in the value notebook segment", as it competes with AMD's E Series and Intel's Atom.

“ARM is well-suited for value notebooks, where performance isn’t a key criterion for buyers,” Wilkins said. “Value notebook buyers are looking for basic systems that balance an affordable price with reasonable performance. ARM processors deliver acceptable performance at a very low cost, along with unrivaled power efficiency.”

This article originally appeared at pcpro.co.uk

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