Well this is interesting. Apparently the figures that have been bandied
about for PC sales were grossly inaccurate, usually estimated at 400
million per year, however a recent statement by Information Handling
Services (IHS) suggests the numbers are /far/ lower than that:
PC sales forecast slashed on back of disk drive crisis
Flagging global economy and fondleslab fever also to blame, says IHS
IHS has slashed PC sales forecasts for 2012 because of weakening demand
an an ongoing disk drive crisis.
The bean counter says HDD shortages triggered by the Thai floods will
lead to a 3.8 million unit shortfall in PC shipments for Q1 compared to
its previous forecast, dragging down expectations for the whole year.
“The PC supply chain says it has sufficient HDD inventory for the fourth
quarter of 2011. However, those stockpiles will run out in the first
quarter of 2012, impacting PC production during that period,” said
Matthew Wilkins, IHS senior analyst.
The global market is projected to grow at 6.8 per cent in Q1, down from
the 9.5 per cent the analyst initially forecast, which equates to 84.2
million boxes being flogged rather than 88 million.
That's more like 336.8 million per year, not 400 million.
Just a reminder that ARM shipped 5.65 *billion* chips in the first three
quarters alone, and is therefore on track to deliver an annual total of
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