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Windows 8 to spawn new breed of low-cost laptops

Windows 8 to spawn new breed of low-cost laptops

The pairing of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 with processors from companies like Qualcomm and Nvidia is expected to spawn a new kind of low-cost laptop, according to IHS-iSuppli, possibly threatening Intel’s overwhelming dominance in laptops.

“After more than 30 years of domination by a single microarchitecture–Intel Corp.’s X86–the PC microprocessor…market finally is set for some real competition,” Matthew Wilkins, an analyst at IHS-iSuppli, wrote in a research note today.

This will happen as shipments of ARM processors soar in the coming years, eventually shipping in about one out of every four laptops in 2015, according to Wilkins.

And those ARM processors won’t be running in systems with Linux operating software or Google’s Chrome OS necessarily. The lion’s share will be inside Windows 8 laptops, according to Wilkins.

“Spurred by next year’s introduction of [Microsoft’s] new ARM-enabled Windows 8 operating system, ARM-based systems will account for 22.9 percent of global notebook PC unit shipments in 2015, up from 3 percent in 2012,” Wilkins said. “Shipments will reach 74 million ARM notebooks in 2015, compared to 7.6 million in 2012.”

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