Worldwide PC Microprocessor Revenues in Third Quarter 2011 Rise Over 12% Compared to Second Quarter 2011, According to IDC

SAN MATEO, Calif., November 3, 2011 – Worldwide PC microprocessor revenues in the third calendar quarter of 2011 (3Q11) rose to $10.7 billion, up 12.2% compared to 2Q11 and up 16.1% compared to 3Q10, according to the latest PC microprocessor market share study from International Data Corporation (IDC). On a unit basis, the PC microprocessor market rose 6.7% compared to 2Q11 and rose 5.2% compared to 3Q10.

"The average selling price (ASP) that OEMs pay for PC microprocessors rose more than 5% in 3Q11," said Shane Rau, director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC, "and it was the eighth quarter in a row that ASPs rose. Clearly, Intel's Sandy Bridge and AMD's Fusion microprocessors with integrated graphic processors are rising in each company's product stack and driving the price increase. At the same time, low-end processors, notably Intel's Atom processors, are declining as a percentage of the unit mix."

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 73% of total PC processor unit volume in 3Q11.

3Q11 Vendor Highlights

In 3Q11, Intel earned 80.2% overall worldwide unit market share, a gain of 0.9% compared to 2Q11. In 3Q11, AMD earned 19.7%, a loss of 0.7% compared to 2Q11. VIA Technologies earned 0.1%, a loss of 0.2%.

In 3Q11 by form factor, Intel earned 82.3% share in the mobile PC processor segment, a loss of 2.1%, AMD finished with 17.6%, a gain of 2.4%, and VIA earned 0.1%. In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 95.1% market share, a gain of 0.6%, and AMD earned 4.9%, a loss of 0.6%. In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel earned 75.8%, a gain of 4.8%, and AMD earned 24.1%, a loss of 4.8%.

2011 and Long-Term Market Outlook

Since June, client PC processor demand growth has slowed down modestly. Combined with a weak macroeconomic outlook—due to sovereign debt issues in Europe and poor job growth in the United States—IDC is reducing its client PC processor (desktop, mobile, x86 server) unit growth forecast for 2011 from 9.3% to 7.3%.

The IDC report, Worldwide PC Microprocessor 3Q11 Vendor Shares (Doc #231191), provides worldwide market share results for PC microprocessor vendors on an overall unit and revenue basis, as well as by form factor (desktop, mobile, and x86 server).

About IDC

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