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Shift to mobile browsing could threaten Intel, says Bloomberg

The world's largest chipmaker Intel could be vulnerable to rival technology manufacturers as mobile browsing becomes more popular,

Intel is banking on its Atom chips for netbook computers to maintain its market position, but competitors are seeking to capitalise on and encourage the trend towards accessing the internet using mobile phones, according to Bloomberg.

The next billion people that are going to connect to the Web are not going to use PCs which provide the bulk of Intel's business, but use mobile phones and other portable devices according to rival Freescale Semiconductor.

Freescale, Marvell Technology Group, Qualcomm are among the chipmakers demonstrating new kinds of devices at this week's Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas with the aim of persuading people to ditch their Intel-powered personal computers as the main way of going online, says Bloomberg.

IDC predicts that the number of Internet-connected PCs will rise to 1.6bn from 754m by 2013, but in the same time the number of phones regularly being used to access the Web will exceed 1 billion for the first time, a fivefold increase from 2006.


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