Worldwide PC Processor Market Hits Record Levels of Unit Shipments in 3Q07, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – October 24, 2007 – Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments grew 14.3% sequentially to reach record levels in the third calendar quarter of 2007 (3Q07), according to IDC's study Worldwide PC Processor 3Q07 Vendor Shares, published today. Consequently, worldwide PC microprocessor revenue rose 14.8% to $7.95 billion in 3Q07.

Shipments of processors designed for mobile PCs continued to lead the market, growing 26.6% in 3Q07, reflecting considerable worldwide demand for mobile PCs in the second half of the year. Shipments of processors for desktop PCs and for PC servers also fared rather well, increasing by 7.7% and 4.6%, respectively.

“The third quarter of 2007 was the second quarter in a row to exceed expectations in terms of PC processor unit shipments,” said Shane Rau, director of IDC's Semiconductors: Personal Computing program. “We attribute the market’s performance to Intel’s and AMD’s aggressive pricing for their new platforms, which stimulated early demand from PC OEMs building PCs for the back-to-school buying season. However, we also believe that real end demand is there. OEMs are passing processor savings onto consumers, who, instead of buying cheaper systems, are purchasing more robust configurations, partially to support Windows Vista.”

Vendor Highlights

Modest changes in processor vendor market share belied the intensity of vendor competition in 3Q07. On an overall unit basis, AMD earned 23.5% market share, a gain of 0.4%. Intel earned 76.3%, a loss of 0.4%. By form factor, AMD’s share in the mobile PC processor segment rose 1.9% to 18.9%, and its share in the PC server processor segment grew 0.7% to 13.9%. Market shares changes in the desktop PC processor segment were negligible.

Market Outlook

IDC expects strong market demand for PC processors to continue in the fourth quarter. “Both Intel and AMD noted in their 3Q07 earnings calls that demand remains strong,” said Richard Murphy, IDC inquiry analyst. “In fact, both companies noted how the broad-based demand is spread across processor segments and regions of the world.”

“Our attention is now focused on what 2008 will bring,” added Shane Rau. "We’re conducting an investigation into the supply chain and end-systems, across multiple component types, to consider if 1Q08 will bring the typical modest drop-off from the fourth quarter or something different.”

IDC's study, Worldwide PC Processor 3Q07 Vendor Shares (IDC #209230) provides worldwide market and vendor share results for PC processor vendors for overall unit shipment and revenue, and by form factor (desktop, mobile, and PC server).

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