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ARM to overtake Intel in netbook market
By 2012 claim analysts
According to Infromation Network analyst Robert Castellano ARM will overtake Intel in the netbook and smartbook market by 2012, in case the world doesn't come to an end by then.
Castellano is betting on the future of smartbooks, which are small, ARM-based devices unable to run Windows in any of its desktop incarnations. Basically this makes them even more useless than current netbooks, which are pretty useless themselves to begin with.
He expects the smartbook market to be rather small, almost negligible in 2009, but to expand rapidly in the future. By the end of 2009, vendors are expected to ship 1.4 million ARM-based smartbooks, but sales should rocket to 7.8 million units in 2010 and by 2012 they should overtake Intel-based netbooks with 52.9 million shipped units. Furthermore, Castellano doesn't expect any other processor architecture to make a significant impact in the market.
The reason for the optimism stems from telecom subsidized sales of 3G smartbooks. Due to their lower prices and superior mobility, smartbooks are expected to get more telco sweetheart deals than proper netbooks.