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PC microprocessor shipments & revenue up

Posted at 17 March 2012 00:00 CEST by Justin_Massoud

Personal computer shipments were down last quarter and now face a difficult 2012. But according to researcher IDC, microprocessor makers saw increases in both revenue and shipment figures last year, supporting the notion that PCs are just down but not out.

Rebounding off a lackluster 2010, the global PC microprocessor industry saw a 13.2 percent year-over-year revenue increase, bringing the total to $41 billion, revealed IDC. Last fall, revenue neared $11 billion — a slim 1.8 percent bump over the previous quarter, but a bigger 14.2 percent spike compared to the same time in 2010.

“The average selling price (ASP) that OEMs pay for PC microprocessors rose more than 9 percent in 2011, making 2011 the second consecutive year of notable ASP increases,” said Shane Rau, director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research, IDC.

Shipments of the chipsets also saw annual growth across three major segments: mobile (3.9 percent), x86 server (9 percent) and desktop (2.7 percent). Combined, the average growth in 2011 landed at 3.6 percent.

Intel retained the top spot, holding onto 80.3 percent of the microprocessor market in Q4 2011. AMD took second place with 19.6 percent, leaving VIA Technologies with the remaining .1 percent.

IDC said it expects microprocessor shipments in 2012 to improve by 5.1 percent, debunking previous theories that an HDD shortage following floods in Thailand would impact PC shipments.

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Zod
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 17 Mar 12 16:01
    I have a hard time believing PC's would disappear all together. Smartphone's/Tablets are ok when you need something portable. I still want something I can use at home with a decent sized screen on it.

    That being said. Computers are becoming so powerful, that you don't really need to upgrade them as often (at least for most people. if you're into gaming/graphic design or what not, you'll always need more power).
    debro
    Blown to smitherines
    Posted on: 19 Mar 12 02:46
      Tablets are toys.
      The form factor is made for either consumption of media, basic control panel use, or amateur content creation.
      Working on a tablet is slow.

      PCs are work horses. They aren't going away any time soon.

      Keep in mind that many new tablets are coming out with hdmi Ports and USB host ports, meaning they can potentially be turned into a mini pc.
      As portable cpu's become faster, and apps become more functional, tabs will replace cheap PCs.

      Perhaps this is what Microsoft is all about with windows 8. It's about the only thing that's going to save windows 8. Otherwise it's terrible.

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