As things stand at present, the ARM-based processors are the leaders in the tablet business. That's not much of a shock, given the fact that not only the tablet which has 95% share of all tab sales – the iPad – uses ARM's Cortex-A8 processor, but also the same applies for its biggest rival – the infant Samsung Galaxy Tab.
According to Warren East, Intel is not a real competitor for the foreseeable future, because:
"Atom designs are just not good enough in terms of power consumption [right now]. Intel knows this."
East's calculation that sales may reach the 60 million mark next year is on par with the industry tracker Gartner's research on the same topic, which predicted 54.6 million tablet sales next year. Minding the fact that HP, RIM and Viewsonic, among others, have officially announced that they will create their own tablets, the tab landscape is sure to change in the next few years.