Thursday, April 25, 2013

Find: As traditional PC sales and chipmakers slump, ARM rakes in the cash

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As traditional PC sales and chipmakers slump, ARM rakes in the cash

ARM Holdings—the British semiconductor design company that has made all of our gadgets more energy-efficient—has just announced that yes, it's done quite well for itself in the first quarter of 2013. The Cambridge-based company makes its money largely from licensing its intellectual property to other chipmakers.

According to new unaudited financial results ARM released on Tuesday, revenue is up 26 percent over the first quarter of last year, reaching nearly $264 million. Its profits before tax come in at over $136 million, a 44 percent increase over the corresponding previous quarter. ARM said the industry as a whole shipped 35 percent more ARM-based chips (now reaching 2.6 billion) in first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year.

Given ARM's rapid rise, is it any wonder that traditional chip companies like Intel and AMD (and the entire PC industry, for that matter) are having a rougher go of it?

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1 comment:

  1. With most of the smartphones and tablets using ARM chips, the company has surely profited a lot. Now even Intel who is the leader in PCs and Laptops is trying to expand in smartphone market. Ironically, ARM is also trying to expand into Laptop market at the same time. These chips wars can cause lots of problems for developers and consumers.

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