Quad-core processors from the likes of Intel and AMD, which currently are found in 9 percent of notebooks, will ship in 49 percent of notebooks by 2015, according to IHS iSuppli.
processors, which are fairly commonplace in desktop PCs, will be in almost half
of all notebooks sold within the next four years, according to market research
firm IHS iSuppli.
In a report
July 12, IHS iSuppli analysts said that by 2015, 49 percent of all notebooks
will ship with quad-core processors. That will be up from about 9 percent this
year, according to the analysts. In total, 160 million notebooks powered by
quad-core chips will ship in 2015, up from 21.1 million this year.
also will make inroads, the analysts said. Currently there are no notebooks
with six-core processors, they said. That will change by 2015, when 18 percent
of notebooks will ship with six-core chips.
In 2015, 58.9
million notebooks will boast six-core chips, according to IHS iSuppli.
represent a natural progression, as chip makers like Intel and Advanced Micro
Devices look to improve chip performance through the use of more cores rather
than upping the chip's frequency, according to Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst
of compute platforms for IHS iSuppli.
cornerstone of PC performance, the microprocessor, is continuing to evolve to
provide new levels of performance to the PC market," Wilkins said in a
statement. "For decades, the main focus for increasing microprocessor
performance was in the area of clock speed, with suppliers battling to offer
parts with the most megahertz or gigahertz.
the competition now has shifted to the battle over cores, with suppliers racing
to offer parts that boost performance by providing greater parallelism. The
battle now has moved from the dual-core segment into the quad-core area-and
next will spread to the six-core realm," Wilkins said.
analysts pointed to recent chip releases-such as Intel's six-core Core i7-970
and AMD's six-core Phenom II X6-as examples of offerings to come. Currently
they're aimed at desktops, but the chip makers will bring higher core counts to
notebook processors as well.
Such chips are
examples of the ongoing development of PC technology, even at a time when
consumers are turning their attention to tablets, particularly Apple's
iPad. Both IDC and Gartner in April noted that in the first quarter, the
worldwide PC market saw its first year-over-year decline in six quarters, due
in large part to consumer interest in tablets
computing' has become a firm reality, exemplified first by [netbooks] and now
media tablets," IDC senior research analyst Jay Chou said in a statement
at the time. "Macroeconomic forces can explain some of the ebb and flow of
the PC business, but the real question PC vendors have to think hard about is
how to enable a compelling user experience that can justify spending on the
pressure on the market, PC OEMs and chip makers continue to improve the
performance, design and features in the systems, IHS iSuppli analysts said.
They are also evolving the notebooks to fit user demands for all-day mobile
computing. An example of that is in the move to integrate graphics technology
onto the same piece of silicon as the CPU, which helps with power consumption.
the world's top chip maker
with 82.6 percent of the
market, according to IHS iSuppli-is offering integrated graphics in its chips
based on the new "Sandy Bridge" architecture, while AMD does the same
with its Fusion APUs (accelerated processing units)
vendors launched their integrated-graphics offerings at the 2011 Consumer
Electronics Show in January. AMD is the world's second-largest chip vendor,
with 10.1 percent of the market.
chips are currently in the early stage, according to the IHS iSuppli. However, these
processors will be found in more than 90 percent of all notebooks sold in 2015,
despite the fact that while they help drive down power consumption, they don't
offer the same level of graphics capabilities that discrete graphics cards do,
the analysts said.