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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 

A new International Data Corp. (IDC) report stated that worldwide PC microprocessor shipments rose significantly in Q2 09, but warned that the results came from Intel and OEM inventory refreshes, and not the return of significant end demand for PCs.

In Q2 09, worldwide PC processor unit shipments 10.1 per cent from Q1 09, compared to 10.9 per cent from Q4 08 to Q1 09, while unit shipments declined 7 per cent y-on-y. Market revenue increased 7.9 per cent from Q1 to Q2 09, compared to 11 per cent from Q4 08 to Q1 09. Second quarter revenue declined 15.3 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2008. Intel's overall PC processor shipments increased 12.5 per cent from Q1 09 to Q2 09. while Advanced Micro Devices' overall PC processor shipments increased 1.8 per cent in the same period.

Intel's shipments of Atom processors designed for netbooks increased 34 per cent q-on-q This indicates that netbook OEMs, having held off buying Atom processors in Q1 09 and depleted their inventories, began refreshing those inventories in Q2. IDC estimates that the inexpensive Atom processors for netbooks represented 25 per cent of Intel's mobile PC processor shipments in Q2 09 and 8.1 per cent of Intel's mobile PC processor revenues in Q2 09.

"The percentage of Intel's revenue earned in Asia Pacific grew from 51 per cent in Q1 09 to 55 per cent in Q2 09," noted Shane Rau, director of semiconductors: personal computing research at IDC. "This fact, combined with the significant sequential 'snap-back' rise in Intel's overall processor shipments—particularly Atom shipments—while AMD's overall shipments were about flat, indicate that the PC processor market didn't recover in Q2 09. Instead, the market balanced out due to Intel driving Atom processors into ODMs who manufacture the systems, particularly in China and Taiwan."

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