DigiTimes had an interview with ARM CEO Warren East and heard Mobile Internet Devices (MID) with ARM-based chips are expected in 2009:
Q: How do you see future development of the handset industry now that an average of 1.8 ARM-based chips is shipping for every handset produced globally? Will ARM's product roadmaps match the prospects of the handset industry?
A: I believe the number of ARM-based chips shipping in each handset will continue to increase, and should even close to a ratio of two per unit in 2009 due to the rising proportion of smartphones. This is helping push up our market share worldwide. In addition to the handset segment, we have also launched our high performance, low power consumption Cortex-A8 and A9 platforms for MID (Mobile Internet Device) products. We have strong confidence in the MID market and look forward to seeing ARM-based MID products hit the market in 2009.