LONDON – PC processor revenues declined by 2.4 percent in 2012 to just over $40 billion but are set to grow again in 2013, according to market forecaster International Data Corporation (IDC).
IDC predicts that the worldwide revenues for microprocessors designed for mobile PCs, desktop PCs, and PC servers will grow 1.6 percent to $40.7 billion in 2013. At the same time worldwide unit shipments for PC microprocessors will grow 3.2 percent to nearly 384 million units.
In the longer term worldwide PC microprocessor market revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.4 percent for the period 2011 through 2016. Unit shipments will grow at a CAGR of 3.2 percent for the same period, the company forecasted.
IDC, excludes tablet computers from mobile PCs, and estimates that 3.3 percent of mobile PC processors will be based on the ARM architecture in 2016 with the rest being powered by x86 processors. IDC estimates that 3.2 percent of PC server processors will be based on the ARM architecture in 2016.
Shane Rau, vice president for PC and server semiconductor and enabling technologies research at IDC, said slowness in the PC market that hurt sales in 2012 would continue through the first half of 2013 but deferred purchases due to macroeconomic uncertainty would start to become necessary in the second half of the year.
"Macroeconomic uncertainty has forced OEM and IT customers to reduce orders and focus on execution, and reduce expectations after the launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system in late October. Delays in PC purchases caused by Windows 8 and the encroachment of media tablets on low-end PCs have further cut into PC microprocessor demand growth," said Rau.
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