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Competitive Landscape: Processor Architecture for Next-Generation Smartphones and Tablets

Published: 27 February 2013

ID: G00228170

Analyst(s): Ganesh Ramamoorthy


ARM will continue to lead the smartphone and tablet processor market in 2013 but new and improved Intel Atom chips will level the playing field by 2015. Manufacturers should consider Intel architecture, negotiate hard on processor pricing and develop x86 software now for hardware planned for 2014.

Table Of Contents
  • Competitive Situation and Trends
    • Narrowing the Performance/Power Consumption Gap
    • Intel Gains From Process Technology Lead
    • Weakness in ARM's Business Model Adds to Intel's Advantage
  • Market Players
  • The Future of Competition
    • Intel Faces Tough Challenges
    • Pricing and Software Ecosystem Maturity Will Determine the Winners
  • Competitive Profiles
    • ARM Holdings
    • Intel
  • References and Methodology
  • Definitions

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