After more than 30 years of domination by a single microarchitecture - Intel Corp.'s X86 - the PC microprocessor (MPU) market finally is set for some real competition, with shipments of ARM processors set to soar in the coming years and projected to appear in nearly one out of every four notebook PCs made in 2015.
Spurred by next year's introduction of Microsoft Corp.'s new ARM-enabled Windows 8 operating system, ARM-based systems will account for 22.9 percent of global notebook PC unit shipments in 2015, up from 3 percent in 2012. Shipments will reach 74 million ARM notebooks in 2015, compared to 7.6 million in 2012.
The figure below presents a forecast of ARM processor usage in notebooks from the new IHS iSuppli report entitled "Desktop and Notebook PC Technology Penetration Forecast," from information and analysis provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
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