Processor battle shaping ultra mobile computing market

ARM and x86 vendors slug it out to stay ahead in UMD arena

The processor vendors supplying chips for UMDs (ultra-mobile devices) are playing a pivotal role in shaping the dynamics of this new and key segment of the mobile computing arena according to new data from ABI Research.

The analyst firm suggests that UMDs sit right between the PCs and handsets in terms of power, size, and function and that x86-based and ARM-based processors will compete in the UMD space and are already fighting it out, starting with marketing wars. 

Commented ABI Research principal analyst Philip Solis, “The future shape of this market will be determined by engineering success on the x86 side versus business success on the ARM side. x86-based processor vendors are in a very good position in the near term as far as product wins and market share are concerned. However, as mobile internet devices (MIDs) start to surpass netbooks in shipment volumes, ARM-based solutions will be in a better position.”

ABI warns that x86 vendors will have to make significant advancements in terms of power consumption while executing instructions in order to put up a better fight across the whole UMD space. It recognises that ARM is working with software vendors to ensure that as they develop processor architectures and instruction sets, the latest versions of software are compatible.


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