The rise of tablet devices – such as the Apple iPad 2 – could be responsible for more people selling their mobile phones in order to switch to one of the models.

According to new figures from In-Stat, the amount of silicon due to be shipped in order to make tablets over the coming years is predicted to surge.

It found that the material will be worth $14 billion (£8.8 billion) in the industry by 2015, indicating the newfound prominence of tablets.

"Global sales for tablets are on the rise as a result of continued consumer demand, global expansion of tablets and a wider adoption of these devices beyond early adopters," explained Stephanie Ethier, a senior analyst at In-Stat.

The organisation also concluded that tablet shipments will pass the 110 million units mark within the next two years.

A recent prediction by the International Data Corporation suggested sales of tablets are also set to rise in 2011.

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