Fast-growing demand for consumer devices will help sales of cell-based 64-bit embedded processors jump by over 80 per cent during the next four years.
While the overall semiconductor industry is forecast to experience a fairly modest 6.1 per cent compound annual growth rate from 2003 to 2008, thanks to devices such as smartphones, PCs and DVD players the 64-bit embedded processor market will soar, research from In-Stat/MDR has predicted.
In-Stat/MDR noted that the communications market, rather than the computer market, will act as the main industry driver for semiconductor sales.
It said that most manufacturers today are using two 32-bit width processors rather than true 64-bit chips, but that this will change rapidly over the next two years as more move to true 64-bit technology.
The analyst firm predicts that, similar to its predecessors - the 4-bit, 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit embedded processors - the greatest growth opportunity for the 64-bit width processor will be in a wide variety of application-specific standard products that are beginning to emerge.
The report predicted that from an embedded 64-bit MPU intellectual property perspective, ARM's architecture would become dominant this year, "having surpassed the proprietary approach".
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