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IDC Cuts 2011 Microprocessor Shipment Growth From 10.3% To 9.3%

 Worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments in the second calendar quarter of 2011 (2Q11) declined 2.9% compared to 1Q11 and were about flat compared to 2Q10, rising 0.6%, according to the latest PC microprocessor market share study from International Data Corporation (IDC). On a revenue basis, the PC microprocessor market earned $9.49 billion, declining 4.0% compared to 1Q11 and rising 5.4% compared to 2Q10.


“The first quarter of 2011 was better than most first quarters due to the extra calendar week,” said Shane Rau, director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC. “So the sequential comparison isn’t surprising. If we took off that extra week, the performance between the two quarters probably would’ve seen a seen a slight sequential uptick from 1Q to 2Q.”


Both Intel and AMD continue to ramp their new platforms. Intel’s Sandy Bridge and AMD’s Fusion microprocessors contain integrated graphics processors (IGP). IDC’s tracking of these processors indicates that processors with IGP rose to more than 60% of total PC processor unit volume in 2Q11.

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2Q11 Vendor Highlights

In 2Q11, Intel earned 79.3% overall worldwide unit market share, a loss of 1.5% compared to 1Q11. In 2Q11, AMD earned 20.4%, a gain of 1.5% compared to 1Q11. VIA Technologies earned 0.3%.


In 2Q11 by form factor, Intel earned 84.4% share in the mobile PC processor segment, a loss of 1.9%, AMD finished with 15.2%, a gain of 1.8%, and VIA earned 0.4%. In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 94.5% market share, a gain of 0.6%, and AMD earned 5.5%, a loss of 0.6%. In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel earned 70.9%, a loss of 1.5%, and AMD earned 28.9%, a gain of 1.5%.


2011 and Long-Term Market Outlook

Due to economic headwinds in developed regions that are affecting consumer PC demand, IDC has reduced its forecast for year-over-year growth in PC (mobile, desktop, x86 server) microprocessor unit shipments in 2011 from 10.3% to 9.3%.


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