'60 million tablets to be sold this year'

Three-quarters of them will be iPads predicts ODM boss
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Taiwanese ODM Compal said that the firm expects to ship 3.8 million tablets this year in what manufacturer says will be the largest volume of the ODM builders.

Compal Electronics CEO Ray Chen said that the demand for tablets will grow at the expensive of conventional notebooks throughout the year and that globally, tablet PCs will sell 60 million units, according to a DigiTimes report.

The Chinese notebook maker also anticipates that 90 per cent of tablets to be manufactured in 2011 will be based on ARM processors, illustrating the uphill battle Intel and Microsoft will continue to experience in gaining market share from the ARM-based tablet market.

While tablets are the hot emerging product category, Compal's tablet shipments will be less than 7 per cent of the total number of notebooks the company will manufacture for various well known computer retail brands. 

Chen's predictions indicate that the ODM is aiming to capture between 20 and 25 per cent of the non-iPad tablet market. An ambitious target given the intense competition the firm's partner brands will face from the likes of Samsung, Motorola, LG and HP. 

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