IDC: PC processor sales stagnant in the 2nd quarter
August 02nd, 2011 - 10:55 am ET by C. D.
Research group IDC has reported that while the slowdown in computer sales in numerous regions had led to PC processors sales stagnating, earnings are still up 5.4% over a year ago.
Not surprisingly, sales of PC processors stagnated during the second quarter of 2011, growing only 0.6% over a year ago and down 2.9% when compared to the first quarter of 2011. The first quarter was exceptional as there was also a slight seasonal aberration in the fact that there was an additional calendar week, according to research group IDC.
At the same time, the market did manage to increase earnings 5.4% over a year ago, with revenue worth 9.49 billion dollars. This is down 4% compared to the first quarter of 2011 (for the same reasons), although if we remove this additional week the results would have shown a small increase over the previous quarter.
The second quarter of 2011 also saw the launch of new hardware platforms – Intel’s Sandy Bridge and AMD’s Fusion, with both of these offering GPU + CPU integration on the same platform. Such releases saw this market category account for 60% of processors sold in the last quarter.
Evenly balanced between Intel and AMD Intel saw their market share drop to 79.3% this quarter, while AMD took up Intel’s loses to occupy 20.4% of the market. Via Technologies was then a long way behind with 0.3% market share. By category, Intel still largely dominates the mobile PC market with 84.4% market share, while AMB controls 15.2%.
For servers and workstations, Intel controlled 94.5%, while AMD was down slightly to 5.5%. Finally, on desktop computers, Intel had 70/9% market share, down 1.5%, while AMD was up 1.5% to 28.9% market share.
Over the whole year of 2011, IDC has lowered their growth forecasts of all processor categories, believing that growth will come in at 9.3%, instead of the initially forecast 10.3%.