The use of ARM processors in tablets will rocket in the coming years as x86 processors typically used in netbook PCs struggle to penetrate the market, according to a report by DisplaySearch.
The analyst firm's Tablet Quarterly said that shipments of ARM-powered tablets will increase by 211 per cent year on year in 2011, while overall sales of tablets will reach 330 million by 2017.
ARM processors will be used in over 300 million of these devices by 2017, while x86 processors will account for a small piece of the market.
DisplaySearch senior analyst Richard Shim added that the growth of tablets will force notebook devices to evolve as backers of each technology compete for market share.
"The tablet PC and notebook PC markets are on a collision course as both product categories continue to evolve and improve on their respective weaknesses," he said.
"As such, each product category will influence the other over time. Still, the incumbent platforms have inherent advantages in the early years."
Meanwhile, Apple's iOS platform will remain the dominant system, in use on over 150 million tablets by 2017, while Android will account for the rest of the market, at just over 100 million sales by the same year.
Windows 8-based tablets using Intel processors will see slow growth, hitting just 25 million sales by 2017, as the firms struggle to gain a foothold in the fast moving mobile market.
DisplaySearch added that the rise of Amazon as a tablet vendor could have a further impact on the Windows-Intel partnership if its Kindle Fire sells well.
The firm also said that the platform that proves most compelling to developers will play a key role in each operating systems' successes.
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