Dell and Hewlett-Packard dominate the workstation market, which is facing the same tough times as the rest of the mainstream PC market, according to new research from John Peddie. The same report also shows that Nvidia and ATI ?ö?ç?? the graphics division of AMD ?ö?ç?? remain the two biggest players in the professional graphics processor market.
The good news is that Dell
continue to fight for market share when it comes to the global workstation
However, high-end workstations are suffering the same fate as the mainstream
PC as the global economy continues to shrink and businesses spend less money on
enterprise IT hardware, according to a March 5 report on the workstation
The John Peddie Research report shows that the worldwide workstation market
took in $1.58 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared with the
$2 billion in revenue it saw during the fourth quarter of 2007. Workstation
shipments also fell about 10 percent from 847,000 units in 2007 to 764,000
units in 2008.
The average selling price of workstations also fell 13 percent in the fourth
Workstations, which represent just a small fraction of the overall PC
market, are suffering the same fate as mainstream consumer and commercial
desktops and notebooks. On March 2, Gartner
released a report that said PC shipments had hit their lowest point in about a
The only bright spot in the Gartner report is that sales of
low-cost netbooks and other mininotebooks continue to be brisk in the economic
which controls about 40 percent of the world's workstation market, has signaled
that it intends to shift more of its attention to netbooks
mininotebooks in the next year to increase sales.
While Dell dominates the workstation market, HP is a close second with about
38 percent market share, according to the John Peddie report.
The Peddie report also took a look at the professional graphics processor
market. Overall, professional
GPU (graphics processing unit) shipments fell 32 percent in the fourth quarter
. Not surprising, Nvidia
and its line of industrial discrete graphics for both desktops and laptops
controlled 86 percent of this market, while ATI-the
graphics chip division of Advanced Micro Devices-held 12 percent market share.