Apple may have held onto its lead in the tablet space during the first quarter of 2013, but Google is breathing down its neck. A new report from Strategy Analytics shows that Android tablets are gaining ground on the iPad, and Microsoft has finally put a dent in the tablet market, too.
Global shipments of tablets during the first quarter of the year reached a record of 40.6 million units. That's up an incredible 117% from the first quarter of 2012, which saw shipments of just 18.7 million units.
iPads still have the largest gross margins which the cheapie and unreliable Android tablets can hardly claim! The question is how long can Apple sustain the pricing model for tablets before the margins erode?
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.