ARM's worldwide mobile computing ODM manager Roy Chen told an audience at a press event in Taipei that the company expects more than 50 tablet PC devices to be launched by the end of 2010.
This means that until Christmas, we shall see more than one launch of an iPad clone - and we expect - possibly much more than that. Of course ARM will be the main beneficiary of this trend.
The Cambridge-based company licences the processor templates to companies like Qualcomm or Nvidia which then integrate ARM's IP into their own designs. The result is that almost all iPad-like devices will incorporate ARM technology.
During the event, ARM showed two tablet devices which came with Google Android one with an Nvidia Tegra 2 chip and the other, a Freescale Semiconductor one.
Interestingly, The Telegraph also mentions that "entreprising" Chinese companies are already releasing Apple iPad clones, many of whom are or will integrate some ARM-based technology.
Expect a surge in tablet format devices by the end of the year as Microsoft releases its Windows Phone 7 Series with better touchscreen capabilities and Google Chrome OS comes onstage. 2010 will be very interesting indeed.
ARM has a hand in so many popular devices that the comparison with Intel cannot be avoided. The iPhone, the Courier, the iPod Touch, all of Nokia's smartphones, the Streak, the Courier etc. It is however the link with mobile network operators that is the most interesting part of the equation as they could potentially bypass brand names.