Worldwide PC Microprocessor Revenues in 2013 to Rise 1.6% Compared to 2012,
According to IDC
Unit shipments of PC microprocessors to rise 3.2%, with most of the growth
coming in the second half of the year
SAN MATEO, Calif. -- January 16, 2013
Worldwide revenues for microprocessors designed for mobile PCs, desktop PCs,
and PC servers will grow 1.6% to $40.7 billion in 2013 according to a new
forecast report from International Data Corporation (IDC). The IDC report,
Worldwide PC Microprocessor 2012–2016 Forecast, also forecasts that worldwide
unit shipments for PC microprocessors will grow 3.2% to nearly 384 million
units in 2013.
"Economic and technological inhibitors that took the PC microprocessor revenue
down about 2.4% in 2012 will continue through the first half of 2013," said
Shane Rau, vice president for PC and server semiconductor and enabling
technologies research at IDC. "Macroeconomic uncertainty has forced OEM and IT
customers to reduce orders and focus on execution, and reduce expectations
after the launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system in late October.
Delays in PC purchases caused by Windows 8 and the encroachment of media
tablets on low-end PCs have further cut into PC microprocessor demand growth."
Additional findings from IDC's research include the following:
*For mobile PCs, the tablet versus PC competition in 2013 will establish
for ensuing years a significant fault line in the PC client system and so
the PC microprocessor space. On one side of this fault line will be x86-
and ARM-based mobile PCs with 13.3-inch or smaller screens and Windows 8
targeted at low-power and productivity applications. On the other side of
this line will be x86-based mobile PCs with 14-inch and larger screens
targeted at high performance applications. IDC estimates that 3.3% of
mobile PC processors will be based on the ARM architecture by 2016.
*For servers, the prospect of ARM processors encroachment on a market
segment dominated by x86 processors is more distant than it is in the
client space. While traditional x86 client PC microprocessors seem in a
defensive position against ARM processors scaling in tablets and clamshell
PCs, x86-based processors are scaling upwards and outwards in terms of
performance and their application reach into high-end computing
applications. IDC estimates that 3.2% of PC server processors will be
based on the ARM architecture by 2016.
Long-Term Market Outlook
Worldwide PC microprocessor market revenue will grow at a compound annual
growth rate (CAGR) of 3.4% for the period 2011 through 2016. Unit shipments
will grow at a CAGR of 3.2% for the same period.
"For vendors of microprocessors and other PC technologies, the future belongs
to those who can best execute on a vision of what computing ultimately should
be and how users assess the value to them," added Rau. "Vendors should strive
for an increased perception of value so systems can be sold on their utility
and not merely their price. Such a transformation requires time for assessment
and education along the value chain. It also requires sustained investments in
the PC ecosystem distinct from the investments going into the hot tablet
The IDC report, Worldwide PC Microprocessor 2012–2016 Forecast (IDC #238943),
forecasts the overall unit shipments, revenue, and average selling prices of
the worldwide PC microprocessor (MPU) market for 2012–2016. The study also
forecasts MPUs designed for desktop PCs, mobile PCs, and PC servers, breaking
down the number of unit shipments by the architecture of the cores inside each
MPU (x86 and ARM).
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