The growing power of ARM chip technology and increasing software support could see nearly a quarter of notebooks using the processors by the middle of the decade.
Analyst house IHS iSuppli predicted that over 74 million ARM-powered notebooks will ship in 2015, accounting for 22.9 per cent of the global total, up from three per cent in 2012 following increasing support from software vendors.
"ARM is well suited for value notebooks, where performance isn't a key criterion for buyers," said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms at IHS iSuppli.
"Value notebook buyers are looking for basic systems that balance an affordable price with reasonable performance. ARM processors deliver acceptable performance at a very low cost, along with unrivalled power efficiency."
Wilkins predicted that ARM-based notebooks will grow rapidly based on the increasing use of the chips for Windows platforms.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer pledged at this year's CES that Windows 8 will include support for ARM processors, which are now being used right up to the server level.
"The days of X86's unchallenged dominance are coming to an end as Windows 8 opens the door for the use of the ARM processor, which already has achieved enormous popularity in the mobile phone and tablet worlds," Wilkins said.
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