Tablet Rise

TAIPEI, Jan 25 (AsiaPulse) – Tablet computers will contribute
enormously to the worldwide semiconductor market by 2015 as
different platforms compete to interest consumers, according to
market intelligence firm Gartner Inc. Gartner forecasted that tablet semiconductor revenue will
amount to US$20 billion (NT$604.5 billion) in 2015, compared
with US$6 billion in 2011, ranking fourth behind semiconductor
revenue in laptops, smartphones and desktop computers.

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 th