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ARM expects over 50 ARM tablets in 2010 alone

updated 08:00 am EST, Wed March 10, 2010

ARM exec sees tablet use exploding

The number of touchscreen tablets running on ARM chips is set to explode even in 2010, the company's global mobile device ODM manager Roy Chen said today. While the iPad is the most conspicuous of these, Chen anticipates over 50 shipping in 2010. The first are due in the spring and will largely be attached to cellular carriers. There will be "a lot more" in the summer, the manager said.

Among the range on its way, some are destined to reach the top 10 cellular carriers worldwide. Many will be local to Chinese-speaking areas and will run either Android or Windows CE. Chen showed commonly known Compal and Armadillo prototypes running Android. A number of newcomers are expected to bring Android tablets to the US, including ICD and Notion Ink; Dell's Mini 5 will straddle the line between these tablets and media players.

Many observers expect Apple to get a significant share of the market and to potentially ship as many as 5 million iPads in the next few months, almost immediately making its device the most popular touch-only tablet. Most of its early sales will be limited to North America and Europe, however, and won't directly compete with most southeast Asian rivals.

The launches are a significant blow to Intel as it has tried to pitch the Atom as a solution for tablets and MIDs (mobile Internet devices) but with only limited success. Apart from a likely inclusion in the HP slate, it has had little traction as the chip until recently often hasn't had acceptably long battery life.

By Electronista Staff


  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008


    s**** the Atom...

    It's a poor choice for mobile devices and topped with Windows 7 it will surely not succeed against ARM devices.

  1. aristotles

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    Joined: Jul 2004


    Funny how MSFT called UNIX "legacy"

    I remember MSFT and MSFT aficionados calling unix technology "legacy" just because it had been around longer. Something is only legacy when it stops being actively maintained and relied upon.

    It looks like unix (OS X and iPhone OS) and unix-like OSes (Android) are taking the world by storm. MSFT's operating systems will soon be considered "legacy" platforms.

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