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November 12, 2010

Worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments increase marginally in Q3: IDC

Intel earned 80.4% share of global PC processor market

By CBR Staff Writer

Global PC microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the third quarter of 2010 increased by 2.1% and 2.5%, respectively, compared to second quarter of 2010, according to new study from market research firm IDC.

The study revealed that average sequential change in unit shipments between a calendar year’s second quarter and its third quarter is an increase of 10.6%.

For revenues, the average sequential change is an increase of 9%.

In the PC form factor, mobile PC processor unit shipments rose 1.6% quarter over quarter, PC server processors rose 4.1% quarter over quarter, and desktop PC processors increased 2.4%.

IDC said that in Q3 2010, Intel earned 80.4% share of the worldwide PC processor market, a loss of 0.3%, while AMD earned 19.2%, a gain of 0.2%, and VIA Technologies earned 0.4%.

In 3Q10 unit share by form factor, Intel earned 85.9% share in the mobile PC processor segment, a loss of 0.2% and AMD finished the quarter with 13.7%, and VIA earned 0.4%.

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In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 93.7% market share, a gain of 0.2% and AMD earned 6.3%, a loss of 0.2%.

In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel earned 71.8%, a loss of 0.4%, AMD earned 27.8%, a gain of 0.5%, and VIA earned 0.4% share, according to the report.

IDC personal computing research director of semiconductors Shane Rau said they believe that the fourth quarter of 2010 will be a decent quarter and reiterate that the second half of the year will be seasonal given the early build for Intel’s Sandy Bridge and AMD’s Fusion architecture launches.

"For 2011, we believe that, even though the consumer segment will remain stalled in developed regions, IT executives will see PC upgrades as a priority over the next 12 months which should result in double digit growth in PC systems and PC processors units next year," Rau said.

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