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.
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.