NAND flash memory, wireless connectivity and sensor devices will benefit from the emergence of tablet PCs, while processors with mixed impact and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) will suffer, the research firm said.
"Software compatibility, design flexibility and cost of development will determine the winner," Taiwan-based Gartner analyst Ben Lee said at a recent press conference.
"Chip vendors should focus on evolving usage patterns while choosing processor architecture," he added.
Lee said major processor architectures for tablets, including ARM Holdings Plc, Intel Corp. and MIPS Technologies Inc., will level out on power efficiency and performance by 2015.He believed that ARM will still dominate the market by that time due to the almost 100 per cent share in smartphones and tablets it currently owns.
Speaking on the overall tablet market, Lee expected the total tablet shipments to increase to 316 million units in 2015 from 63.6 million last year with a compound annual growth rate of 77 per cent, much higher than the 14 per cent forecast for laptops.
Lee added that shipments of Apple Inc.'s iPad reached 49 million units in 2011, taking 73 per cent of the overall market, while shipments of tablets running on Google Inc.'s Android open platform totaled 11 million units last year with only a 17 per cent share.
However, the market share of Android tablets will gear up to 35 per cent by 2015 with a compound annual growth rate of 114 per cent, while the share of Apple's iPad will drop to 45 per cent with a lower growth rate of 58 per cent, he said. (CNA) cg