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PC processor 2011 market eyed to grow 17.6%

Posted: 10 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PC processor? shipment growth? PC processor revenue? PC processor vendor shares?

Market research firm International Data Corp. expects this year's PC processor market to expand 10.3 percent in terms of units from 2010, and revenue to reach $43 billion for a 17.6 percent year-over-year increase.

IDC did not indicate the number of processors for mobile and desktop computers and x86 servers it expects will ship. Nonetheless, with revenue growing faster than units, this trend implies increasing average selling prices in 2011.

Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments grew in the first quarter of 2011 by 1.6 percent sequentially and by 7.4 percent compared with 1Q10, IDC said. As a consequence it has raised its forecast for 2011 year-over-year growth to 10.3 percent from 10.1 percent.

In 1Q11 both Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. grew unit shipments sequentially, according to IDC. "Due to the first full quarter shipping their Sandy Bridge and Fusion microprocessors with integrated graphics processors (IGP), processors with IGP grew to slightly over 50 percent of market shipments for the first time," said Shane Rau, director of semiconductor personal computing research at IDC, in a statement.

In 1Q11, PC processor vendor shares overall were stable with Intel earning 80.8 percent unit market share and AMD garnering 18.9 percent, both flat compared to 4Q10. Via Technologies earned 0.2 percent.

In 1Q11 by form factor, Intel earned 86.3 percent share in the mobile PC processor segment, a gain of 0.2 percent, AMD finished with 13.4 percent, a loss of 0.1 percent, and Via earned 0.3 percent. In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 93.9 percent market share, a loss of 0.3 percent, while AMD earned 6.1 percent, a gain of 0.3 percent. In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel earned 72.4 percent, a loss of 0.1 percent, and AMD earned 27.4 percent, a gain of 0.1 percent.

"Generally, the demand environment for the second half of this year looks decent. The earthquake and tsunami had minor effects on the PC supply chain," said Rau.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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