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ARM boss: Tablets will boost supply chain profits

The coming wave of tablet computers could see a redistribution of profits among smaller suppliers according to ARM's president Tudor Brown.

Speaking at the ARM Technical Symposium in Taiwan yesterday, the boss of the British chip design outfit told local supply chain manufacturers that they could expect to see a larger slice of the revenue pie, as companies like Intel, which has thus far struggled to find a foothold in the mobile CPU market, are overtaken by less gargantuan players.

In an interview with Taiwanese industry-watching outfit Digitimes, Brown reportedly said that, although Taiwan's IT players are capable of massively commercialising IT products that average consumers can afford, they have failed to keep the related profits in their pockets.

Taiwanese manufacturing is well known for having very tight margins, not helped by the fact that the likes of Intel and Microsoft skim off the cream.

But the inexorable rise of the this year's next big thing, the iPad-alike, with proprietary chip designs licensed by the likes of ARM coupled with Open Source operating systems, could see Taiwanese OEMs trousering a bit more of the cash.

Brown apparently warned that potential tableteers shouldn't put all of their eggs in one tablet, however, reminding us that the netbook was supposed to change the computing landscape forever. And we all know what happened to those weedy little things.