ABI Research expects the ultra-mobile device market will become a battlefield for ARM and x86 based processors. ARM-processors, which are used in handsets, have the benefit of low power consumption, while x86 processors have the advantage that they are compatible with all x86 based applications that are being used on PCs today.
“x86-based processor vendors are in a very good position in the near term as far as product wins and market share are concerned. However, as mobile internet devices (MIDs) start to surpass netbooks in shipment volumes, ARM-based solutions will be in a better position,” said ABI Research analyst Philip Solis.
Processors based on the x86 architecture hold a key advantage in that they are compatible with all x86-based applications – the same PC applications most people use today.
Since they evolved in a more portable and mobile device world, ARM-based processors have always excelled at low power consumption. For devices such as MIDs that may be used very heavily all day or may need to last for days without recharging, ARM-based processors hold the advantage.