Global PC microprocessor shipments up 31.3 per cent in Q4

Intel gains 80.5 per cent unit market share

Global PC microprocessor shipments increased 31.3 per cent in the fourth calendar quarter of 2009, compared to the same period last year, according to new data from market intelligence firm IDC.

According to the report, mobile PC processors, which include Intel's Atom processors designed for mininotebooks increased by 11.7 per cent sequentially. x86 server processors grew by 14.1 per cent quarter over quarter while desktop processors grew 4.8 per cent sequentially.

Shane Rau, director of semiconductors: personal computing research at IDC, said: "Compared to 3Q09, the modest rise in shipments in 4Q09 indicates that the market is returning to normal seasonal patterns. Compared to 4Q08, the huge rise in shipments indicates that the market has put the recession behind it. Both comparisons indicate that the PC industry anticipates improvement in PC end demand in 2010."

In the quarter, Intel earned 80.5 per cent unit market share, a loss of 0.6 per cent, while AMD earned 19.4 per cent, a gain of 0.7 per cent, and VIA Technologies earned 0.2 per cent.

By form factor, Intel earned 87.3 per cent share in the mobile PC processor segment, a loss of 0.7 per cent, AMD finished with a gain of 0.8 per cent with 12.7 per cent and VIA earned 0.1 per cent. In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 89.8 per cent market share, a loss of 0.6 per cent and AMD earned 10.2 per cent, a gain of 0.6 per cent. In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel lost 1.1 per cent with 71.1 per cent, and AMD earned 28.6 per cent, a gain of 1.2 per cent.

For the full year 2009, total PC processor unit shipments grew 2.5 per cent, while revenue declined 7.1 per cent to $28.6bn. Intel earned 79.7 per cent unit market share, a loss of 0.7 per cent; AMD earned 20.1 per cent, a gain of 0.8 per cent; and VIA Technologies earned 0.3 per cent.

IDC has raised its forecast for PC processor unit shipments to 15.1 per cent compared to 2009. Mr Rau, added: "We're looking forward to the end of the second quarter and the second half of the year as corporations qualify new client and server platforms and open up their IT budgets further. Combined with healthy consumer spending, the resumption of corporation spending will lead to a healthy 2010."