PC microprocessor shipments & revenue up
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.
There are 2 comments
- MyCE Resident
- Posted on: 17 Mar 12 16:01
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).
- Blown to smitherines
- Posted on: 19 Mar 12 02:46
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.
Most popular headlines
- Sun 26 Oct 11:10 by DoMiN8ToR
Traces in the Android source code give us hints that the next Nexus device will ...
- Mon 27 Oct 05:10 by DoMiN8ToR
The Spanish company CineMartin claims to have developed software that makes it p...
- Tue 28 Oct 04:10 by DoMiN8ToR
Microsoft will no longer sell computers with Windows 7 installed starting t...
- Wed 29 Oct 07:10 by DoMiN8ToR
Our firsts with the free version of Cinemartin MyBD indicate that the software d...
- Thu 30 Oct 05:10 by DoMiN8ToR
DVD Ranger today posted a blog on their site reporting their Cinavia removal sof...