LONDON Market research company In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is offering a 14-page "whitepaper" on the fight between processor companies ARM and Intel on the mobile Internet battlefield.
Among the findings discussed here is that processor market for devices with Internet connectivity have a potential for growth with an overall compounded annual growth rate of 22.3 percent through 2013. The unit processor market is set to grow to 750 million units in that year with about half going into smartphones, according to In-Stat. Notebook computers will take about one-third of that volume with the remaining 100 million units or so split between netbooks and other consumer electronic devices.
Mobile PC solutions will account for approximately 59 percent of all PCs in 2009 and will continue to increase as a percentage of the total for the foreseeable future, In-Stat said.
The 14-page whitepaper includes about 6-pages of content and three figures and two tables, the remainder being introduction, contents, glossary of terms, description of research methodology, list of research reports and so on. In fact, In-Stat states that the whitepaper is based on an earlier report Mobile processor review: the battle for the next-generation consumer devices published in August 2009.
However, the whitepaper is free.
According to In-Stat, the ARM architecture has an advantage in terms of design flexibility, graphics/multimedia IP, and integration, while Intel architecture offers advantage in terms of software compatibility and computational performance.
However the whitepaper does not explicitly compare a specific Intel Atom processor with the Osprey, a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor from ARM (see Commentary: ARM's Osprey broadens the battle front with Intel).
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