It will likely be news to none of you that the smartphone and tablet market has been on a steep ramp in recent years, and is expected to continue its aggressive growth for the foreseeable future.
This seemingly insatiable demand is fueled by multiple factors: first-time hardware purchasers, upgrades from conventional cellphones to smartphones, and updates from one generation of smartphones and tablets to the next. It will also likely be news to none of you that, in spite of Intel's aggressive efforts to push Atom and other x86 CPUs into mobile electronics designs, ARM's licensees continue to capture the lion's share of the business.
If you peruse ARM's product line evolution in recent years, you'll notice a more rapid rollout of high- and low-end CPU and GPU cores, especially compared to mid-range counterparts.
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