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ARM profits surge to 73 percent

Owing to increasing tablet and smartphone demands, the RISC processors from ARM are strorming through the market

Tablets sure are selling like anything, ‘cos for the recent quarter, ARM, one of the top players in mobile RISC processors, saw its revenue up by 34 percent year-on-year, profit was up 47 percent and EPS was up 62 percent. For the full year earnings were up 33 percent, but profits jumped a massive 73 percent – as reported by Hexus. And this is when they don’t even sell anything! ARM takes royalties from other companies using its processor design.

Across all the processor models, ARM has issued about 743 licenses, and this is for Q4 2010, when Honeycomb had not even arrived in the market.  

As the world’s attention moves from netbooks to the next hip, more portable and sleeker gadget called tablet – the processor demands also shifted from x86 to the Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) processors. These are the processors based on reduced and simplified instructions compared to that of x86, which results is good enough performance at the benefit of size and battery life. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-02- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)