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ABI Research: ARM to see challenge from x86, MIPS application cores

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:core? processor? 3D? video? augmented reality?

ABI Research believes that x86 and MIPS applications processors could pose a challenge to ARM-based applications processors used in smartphones.

ABI Research principal analyst Peter Cooney said that as Intel and ARM are working to boost their products' performance, "there will be a point in the next few years when the performance/power efficiency of these technologies will be equal." "At that point the competition in the market should be immense," he said.

Cooney said that x86 and MIPS cores, which were introduced to the market in 2011, could own 18% of the market by 2016.

The smartphone market's performance will play a crucial role in the rise of the x86 and MIPS applications processors, chief research officer Stuart Carlaw said. "If it continues to grow at its recent rate, these market forecasts should be accurate, and we have no reason to believe that it won't."

The competition would benefit the consumers as chipsets will become cheaper and new applications that require new processor designs, such as 3D video and augmented reality, will be more commonplace.

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