ARM May Occupy 55% Of Netbook Market By 2012
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According to a report from The Information Network, ARM should occupy 55% of the netbook market by 2012.
While many might doubt ARM’s capacity to overtake Intel in netbook chipmaking a few business analysts think change is on the way. It’s easy to take the Atom’s dominance for granted, but we have to remember that the market is exceedingly young.
An analyst from The Information Network, Robert Castellano, thinks netbooks running the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture running Linux will take the market by storm, bringing lower prices than Microsoft will be willing to handle. The multicore A9 will be cheaper than the Atom by 2012, and Castellano thinks cloud computing will dismiss the need for local storage.
There are naturally a few problems with this analysis. Currently 90% of the netbooks on the market run Windows, and even if a huge shift in market change takes place, Castellano’s prediction also necessitates that consumers start loving cloud computing a whole lot more. Not everyone feels secure with their information on the web and would much rather it in their netbook than someone else’s hands.
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