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Graphics chipset: end in sight?

Posted: 10 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:graphics IC? graphics core? embedded system? x86?

PC chipsets with integrated graphics will fizzle out by 2013 as graphics cores merge with x86 processors, according to a new report from Jon Peddie Research (JPR).

In 2008, 67 percent of the graphics chips shipped were integrated graphics chipsets. In 2011 the segment will drop to 20 percent, and by 2013 it will be less than one percent, the report said.

Integrated graphics are used in desktops, notebooks and embedded systems such as point of sale computers and STBs. The market for discrete graphics chip and boards will not be affected because computers will continue to use combinations of embedded and discrete graphics chips, according to JPR.

Intel Corp.'s Westmere will be the first x86 processor with embedded graphics debuting in late 2009. Archrival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will introduce its Fusion processor by June 2011. Both companies will employ 32nm process, JPR said.

During the transition competitors including AMD, Intel, Nvidia, SiS, and VIA will seek to develop new products that take advantage of their specific strengths, the company said.

- EE Times

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