The PC market has seen better days, but things aren’t slowing down for it, just yet. IDC has released a report of the performance of the microprocessor market over the past year. The report states that the PC microprocessor revenues grew by 13.2 percent over 2010, which roughly is a growth of some 1.8 percent over the previous quarter. The average selling price of products grew by some 9 percent in 2011 – this is the second time in a row that prices have grown considerably. The biggest growth came from the server processor market and not the notebook or desktop PC processor segments. As expected, Intel led the charts with a massive 80.3 percent market share over its nearest and only major competitor, AMD who ended with a market share of 19.6 percent. VIA the only other player maintained its 0.1 percent share.
The domination continues…
In terms of market share over the previous quarter, there were a few changes. Both AMD and Intel maintained roughly the same market share. Year over year, Intel faced a minute loss in market share and AMD gained a minute share. Things might improve for the market, as per predictions made by IDC for the year 2012 and there are a number of reasons for this. The primary reason for the average performance last year was the shortage of hard drives towards the end of last year and the beginning of this year. OEMs were affected a lot during this period. This year, however, the affect should be reversed and things should slowly go back to normal as far as hard drive supply is concerned.
There are expected to be other factors that could affect the sale of PCs and indirectly affect the performance of microprocessor companies. Improving economic conditions due to more jobs and debt clearing should boost the market as well. Depending on the performance, IDC may increase the performance ratings for the future, once Q1 2012 has passed.
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