SAN FRANCISCOWorldwide PC microprocessor shipments fell for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter, down 10.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008, according to a report released Tuesday (May 12) by market research firm IDC.
IDC (San Mateo, Calif.) described the sequential decline as slightly more than that which typically occurs between the fourth quarter and the first quarter. IDC analysts believe that the market's decline is slowing, the firm stated.
PC processor unit shipments declined 17 percent between the third and fourth quarters of last year, according to IDC.
Market revenue declined 11 percent in the first quarter from the fourth quarter of 2008 after falling by 18 percent from the third to fourth quarter of last year, IDC said. First quarter PC processor revenue was down 25.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2008, IDC said.
In a statement, Shane Rau, a research director at IDC, said the PC processor market reflected a significant decline in demand for most of the first quarter. "However, some inventory replenishment by OEMs at the end of the quarter helped to slow the decline and bring the quarter in at a level only slightly worse than typical seasonal decline," Rau said.
Intel Corp.'s shipments of Atom processors for netbooks were down 33 percent in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2008, IDC said. The firm attributed this decline to significant inventories of Atom processors held by OEMs coming into the year. IDC estimates that the Atom processors represented 21 percent of Intel's mobile PC processor shipments and 6.5 percent of the No. 1 chip vendor's mobile PC processor revenues in the first quarter.
But Intel's unit market share of PC processors declined to 77.3 percent in the first quarter, down 4.7 percent from the previous quarter, IDC said. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. grew its unit market share by 4.6 percent to achieve 22.3 of the market in the first quarter, IDC said.