Multi-Core Processors to Reach 88% of Mobile Processors Shipped in 2013
Dec 29, 2009
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Although multi-core processors are common today in notebook PCs, they are only beginning to become common place in other mobile devices, according to In-Stat. In-Stat projects 2010 will be a key year for adoption of multi-core processors in netbooks and smartphones in 2010, while MIDs/UMPCs will see uptake in 2011, and CE devices will follow during 2012/2013.

The use of multiple cores is more common with the x86 architecture today due to it’s dominance in the notebook PC segment. However, the ARM architecture will see a higher growth rate as the architecture transitions to multi-core configurations. By 2013, almost 88% of the processors sold into the mobile market segment will be multi-core processors.

In-Stat also found that:

* The mobile market for merchant processing solutions is expected to grow at a 22.3% CAGR through 2013. By 2013, the market is projected to grow to about 775 million units.

* The battle for the fast-growing mobile semiconductor market will intensify beginning in late 2009 and throughout 2010 with the introduction of new multi-core processors from each camp—ARM and x86.

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