ARM says it will power 50 percent of tablet PCs

ARM is planning to show off a range of e-readers and tablet PCs powered by its chips at this year’s Computex, the Taipei based electronics fair that TechEye will be heading down to.

Last year’s Computex saw ARM focusing on netbook computers. This year it will show off a tablet device, running on Android, with an 8.9-inch touch screen produced by Taiwanese notebook maker Compal Electronics. ARM says that almost all of its new devices will be running on Google’s Android platform.

It will also reveal a line of e-readers powered by ARM chips. One confirmed device is Spring Design’s Alex eReader which has a double screen, a 6-inch e-ink for reading and a 3.5-inch colour screen to go online with.

ARM mobile computing director Bob Morris reckons tablet PCs are something the company will be focusing on. “We believe tablet PCs and media tablets will become a new PC category,” he said in a statement.

While it is an emerging and changing market, Morris and ARM reckon that the company will power over 50 percent of the media tablet market.