The remarkable rise in popularity of media tablets since the introduction of Apple's iPad in 2010 could see them become the world's fourth-largest application for semiconductors by 2014.

Two years ago media tablets were ranked 35th in the semiconductor market and in the next two years it will be able to rival the position of powerhouse chip markets such as mobile phones and PCs.

Sales of semiconductors for use in media tablets are expected to rise even further to $18.2 billion (£11.8 billion) in 2014, which is a remarkable increase from $2.6 billion in 2010, according to the IHS iSuppli Application Market Forecast Tool.

Head of electronics & semiconductor research for IHS Dale Ford said driven by phenomenal sales of Apple's iPad products, the media tablet has managed to scale popularity heights that took more than a decade for things such as notebook PCs and mobile phones.

“The speed of the media tablet’s rise from near insignificance to top-tier prominence is unprecedented in the history of the global semiconductor industry,” he continued.

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