In a year in which HP and M$ both announced intent to ship personal computing products with ARM processors, IDC still does not count them…
“Looking at processor shipments by form factor, during the year 2010 mobile PC processor unit shipments grew 26.2%, x86 server processor unit shipments grew 28.1%, and desktop processor unit shipments grew 6.2%. Mobile PC processors, which represented 50.2% of all PC processors shipped in 2009, represented 54.1% of processors in 2010.”
Well, IDC, some mobile processors are ARM. Why not count them? What’s holding you back?
IDC’s forecast for year-over-year growth in PC (mobile, desktop, x86 server) microprocessor unit shipments is 10.1% in 2011. “Corporate spending continues to drive spending on server platforms and commercial clients,” added Rau. “However, the affects of emerging devices, like media tablets, and economic concerns in Europe and the U.S., lead us to be conservative in our overall outlook.”
With ARM shipping billions of units annually and approaching 100 million personal computing devices, I should think ARM will be having an impact on personal computing in 2011.
Does anyone doubt that consumers and businesses will find uses for these gadgets? The ability to connect to large screens and keyboards means these devices can do anything most people want from a personal computer.