LONDON – OEMs in 2011 will buy more semiconductor components for use in mobile, wirelessly connected equipment than they will for computers, according to market research company IHS.
Of course that all depends how you classify various sorts of equipment but for IHS, the tablet computer is a wireless device while the notebook computer is a computer.
According to IHS OEMs in 2011 will buy $55.4 billion worth of semiconductors components for use in wireless devices, up 10.7 percent from $50.1 billion in 2010, In contrast, OEMs will spend $53.1 billion on chips for computers, up a scant 1.2 percent from $52.5 billion in 2010.
The numbers are driven by the success of smartphones and tablet computers. This all begs the question as to where to classify Intel's latest vision – of the ultrabook.
Wireless is expected to continue to lead computing in future years.