SAN FRANCISCO—Nvidia Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) each gained market share in graphics chips during the fourth quarter of 2010 at Intel Corp.'s expense, according to Jon Peddie Research (JPR).
With shipments declining 7.3 percent from the third quarter, Intel's fourth quarter market share in graphics chips slipped to 52.5 percent from 55.2 percent, according to the research firm. Meanwhile, AMD's market share improved to 24.2 percent from 23 percent and Nvidia's increased to 22.5 percent from 21 percent, the firm said.
Overall, shipments of graphics devices for 2010 came in below expectations, growing just 4.3 percent for the year, according to JPR (Tiburon, Calif.). Intel's shipment decline in the fourth quarter didn't help, the firm said.
JPR said the relatively poor performance of graphics chip shipments in the fourth quarter does not bode well for PC shipments, which analysts have projected should grow 15 to 17 percent this year. Graphics chips are a leading indicator for PC sales as a sell-in part, and lackluster sales of graphics are a bad-news bellwether for the PC industry, according to JPR.