IDC reports mobile PC processor unit shipments grew 26 percent in 2010, with Intel leading market share.
Worldwide PC microprocessor shipment growth in the fourth calendar quarter
of 2010 slowed notably, compared with both
the third quarter of 2010 (down 0.04 percent quarter-over-quarter) and the
fourth quarter of 2009 (down 0.21 percent year-over-year), according to the
latest PC microprocessor study from IDC.
Intel earned 80.8 percent unit market share, a gain of 0.4 percent, while Advanced
Micro Devices earned 18.9 percent, a loss of 0.4 percent, and Via Technologies
earned 0.3 percent.
For the full year 2010, worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments grew 17.1
percent, while revenue increased 26.7 percent to $36.3 billion. In the full
year 2010, Intel earned 80.7 percent unit market share, a gain of 1.1 percent; AMD
earned 19 percent, a loss of 1.1 percent; and Via Technologies earned 0.3
Looking at processor shipments by form factor, during the year 2010 mobile
PC processor unit shipments grew 26.2 percent, x86 server processor unit
shipments grew 28.1 percent and desktop processor unit shipments grew 6.2
percent. Mobile PC processors, which represented 50.2 percent of all PC
processors shipped in 2009, represented 54.1 percent of processors in 2010.
"The fourth quarter was weak and out of sync with normal seasonal
patterns in terms of unit shipments," said Shane Rau, director of PC
semiconductors 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 toward high-performance mobile
processors, as opposed to Atom processors for netbooks, drove a significant rise
in overall processor average selling prices."
In the fourth-quarter 2010 by form factor, Intel earned 86.1 percent share
in the mobile PC processor segment, a gain of 0.2 percent; AMD
finished with 13.5 percent, a loss of 0.2 percent; and Via earned less than 0.1
percent. In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with
94.2 percent market share, a gain of 0.5 percent, and AMD
earned 5.8 percent, a loss of 0.5 percent. In the desktop PC processor segment,
Intel earned 72.5 percent, a gain of 0.7 percent, and AMD
earned 27.3 percent, a loss of 0.5 percent.
In 2010 by form factor, Intel earned 86.4 percent share in the mobile PC
processor segment, a loss of 0.4 percent; AMD
finished with 13.3 percent, a gain of 0.4 percent; and Via earned 0.3 percent.
In the PC server and workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 93.0
percent market share, a gain of 3.1 percent, and AMD
earned 7.0 percent, a loss of 3.1 percent. In the desktop PC processor segment,
Intel earned 72.1 percent, a gain of 1.1 percent, while AMD
earned 27.1 percent, a loss of 1.2 percent, and Via earned 0.4 percent.
In 2010, the industry average selling price for microprocessors rose 8
percent, approaching the levels last seen in 2008. The report noted that while it
was a "strange year" in terms of shipment patterns, 2010 represented
a year of recovery. IDC's forecast for
year-over-year growth in PC (mobile, desktop, x86 server) microprocessor unit
shipments is 10.1 percent in 2011. "Corporate spending continues to drive
spending on server platforms and commercial clients," said Rau.
"However, the effects of emerging devices, like media tablets, and
economic concerns in Europe and the U.S.
lead us to be conservative in our overall outlook."