Worldwide PC Microprocessor Unit Shipments Flat Year-Over-Year in the Fourth Quarter 2010, According to IDC

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IDC News Release, 2/24/11

Results for the year 2010 show shift to mobile PC processors continuing, processor ASPs up significantly, and Intel gaining significant share in x86 server processors

Worldwide PC microprocessor shipment growth in the fourth calendar quarter of 2010 (4Q10) slowed notably, compared to both 3Q10 (-.04% quarter-over-quarter) and to 4Q09 (-.21% year-over-year), according to the latest PC microprocessor study from International Data Corporation (IDC). For the full year 2010, however, worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments grew 17.1%, while revenue increased 26.7% to $36.3 billion.

“The fourth quarter was weak and out of synch with normal seasonal patterns in terms of unit shipments,” said Shane Rau, director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC. “The first half of the year turned out to be the better half of the year. However, looking back at the whole year 2010, it’s clear that the ongoing shift to mobile processors, combined with a shift back towards high-performance mobile processors, as opposed to Atom processors for netbooks, drove a significant rise in overall processor average selling prices.” In 2010, the industry average selling price (ASP) for microprocessors rose 8%, approaching the levels last seen in 2008. While a strange year in terms of shipment patterns, 2010 was also a year of recovery.

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