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Inventory refreshes drive MPU shipments in Q2

Posted: 14 Aug 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microprocessor  processor  PC market  netbook 

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In Q2, Intel earned 78.9 per cent unit market share, a gain of 1.6 per cent, while AMD earned 20.6 per cent, a loss of 1.6 per cent, and VIA Technologies earned 0.5 per cent.

By form factor, Intel earned 86.9 per cent share in the mobile PC processor segment, a gain of 2.6 per cent; AMD finished with 12.6 per cent, a loss of 2.4 per cent; and VIA earned 0.5 per cent. In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 89.9 per cent market share, a gain of 0.5 per cent and AMD earned 10.1 per cent, a loss of 0.5 per cent. In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel earned 70.2 per cent and AMD earned 29.4 per cent; share changes were negligible.

Having identified Intel and OEM's refreshing inventory as the major factors in Q2 and not the return of end demand, we cannot yet say that the PC processor market is recovering, it still is in weak condition, IDC said.

"Going forward," added Rau, "IDC believes that ODMs and OEMs have balanced out their inventories and so we can't rely on inventory replenishment to drive market improvements. Instead, we can only rely on what actual end demand really is, and that means we have to be cautious not to be over-exuberant that, say, the traditional back-to-school PC buying season will materialise into a bullish second half. It won't."

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