“There were as many as 6.1 billion ARM-licensed chips shipped globally in 2010, hiking from 2009 by 55% which was much higher than the 30% industry average, Lu pointed out. Of the chips, 62% were used in mobile Internet-access devices, 19% in embedded devices, 14% in business-use equipment and 5% in home-use products, Lu indicated.“
With numbers like that, ARM is a force to be reckoned with and like a tsunami the effects will be felt globally. We have seen the performance of smart-thingies rise to the levels typical of personal computers so they will enter that field as well as servers. There is simply no reason not to use the technology which is less expensive, cooler and more compact. All the advantages that benefit embedded and mobile use can work in “normal” PCs, particularly in small cheap PCs, thin clients and all-in-one PCs.
Oh, that article confirms that ARM and M$ are up to something but why not? Everyone else is doing something with ARM.