LONDON – The market for PC processors in 2011 is set to jump by 10.3 percent in terms of units and by 17.6 percent to $43 billion in terms of revenue compared with 2010, according to market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC).
IDC did not say the number of numbers of processors for mobile and desktop computers and x86 servers it expects will ship but nonetheless with revenue growing faster than units this implies increasing average selling prices in 2011.
Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments grew in the first quarter of 2011 by 1.6 percent sequentially and by 7.4 percent compared with 1Q10, IDC said. As a consequence it has raised its forecast for 2011 year-over-year growth to 10.3 percent from 10.1 percent.
In 1Q11 both Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. grew unit shipments sequentially, according to IDC. "Due to the first full quarter shipping their Sandy Bridge and Fusion microprocessors with integrated graphics processors (IGP), processors with IGP grew to slightly over 50 percent of market shipments for the first time," said Shane Rau, director of semiconductor personal computing research at IDC, in a statement.
In 1Q11, PC processor vendor shares overall were stable with Intel earning 80.8 percdent unit market share while AMD earned 18.9 percent, both flat compared to 4Q10. Via Technologies earned 0.2 percent.
In 1Q11 by form factor, Intel earned 86.3 percent share in the mobile PC processor segment, a gain of 0.2 percent, AMD finished with 13.4 percent, a loss of 0.1 percent, and Via earned 0.3 percent. In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 93.9 percent market share, a loss of 0.3 percent, and AMD earned 6.1 percent, a gain of 0.3 percent. In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel earned 72.4 percent, a loss of 0.1 percent, and AMD earned 27.4 percent, a gain of 0.1 percent.
"Generally, the demand environment for the second half of this year looks decent. The earthquake and tsunami had minor effects on the PC supply chain," said Rau.
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