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PC Market Hits Record Growth in Q1; Asian OEMs Surge as Acer Closes Gap with HPJune 04, 2010Driven by booming sales among Asian OEMs, global PC shipments surged by 22.7 percent in the first quarter, marking the highest year-over-year growth ever recorded by iSuppli Corp.
Shipments in the first quarter totaled 81.5 million units, up from 66.5 million during the same period in 2009.
“The first three months of 2010 delivered the highest quarterly PC shipment growth on a year-over-year basis since iSuppli began tracking the market in 2003,” said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms at iSuppli. “This record growth resulted from strong sales in the first quarter of 2010 combined with weak conditions during the first three months of 2009. Early 2009 represented one of the weakest periods in the history of the PC market, as consumer and corporate demand plunged due to the economic downturn.
Western Digital Takes Top Spot in Hard Drive ShipmentsJune 01, 2010Ending its perpetual encampment in second place, Western Digital Corp. in the first quarter of 2010 shipped the most Hard Disk Drives (HDD) of any storage supplier, surpassing arch nemesis Seagate Technology for the first time ever on a quarterly basis, according to iSuppli Corp.
Western Digital shipped a record 51.1 million HDDs during the period, up 3.2 percent from 49.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. In comparison, Seagate’s HDD shipments amounted to 50.3 million units in the first quarter of 2010, up 0.8 percent from 49.9 million during the previous quarter.
While Western Digital’s remarkable feat succeeded in finally ending the long-running perch at the top for its rival in terms of shipments, Seagate continued to lead on the revenue front at $3.1 billion, compared to Western Digital’s $2.64 billion, iSuppli data show.
Netbooks and Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage Notebooks Shine in 2010May 06, 2010Notebook PCs in 2010 will post solid double-digit growth due to improved economic conditions worldwide as well as the expected expansion of two high-achieving segments—netbooks and Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (CULV) notebooks—according to iSuppli Corp.
“Despite the worldwide recession last year, consumers were enthusiastic about notebook PCs, a trend that will persist in 2010 especially for the market’s two fastest-growing segments—the netbook and the CULV notebook,” said Peter Lin, senior analyst for compute platforms at iSuppli.
iSuppli Issues Fast Facts on Seagate’s EarningsApril 20, 2010To support media coverage of Seagate Technology LLC’s announcement of its fiscal third quarter results today, iSuppli Corp. is issuing the following fast facts:
Seagate in the fourth calendar quarter of 2009 maintained its ranking as the world’s largest manufacturer of Hard Disk Drives (HDD), fending off a strong challenge by perennially second-ranked Western Digital Corp.
Shipping approximately 49.9 million HDD units in the fourth calendar quarter of 2009—up 8 percent from third-quarter levels of 46.3 million—Seagate controlled 31 percent of the market. Revenue rose 14 percent to $3.03 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $2.66 billion in the third, translating into a 34 percent share of market. "The tenacious hold at the top for Seagate surprised many observers who thought Western Digital would bypass its primary competitor in the fourth quarter of last year...
iSuppli Issues Fast Facts on Intel’s First-Quarter EarningsApril 13, 2010To support press coverage of Intel Corp.’s first-quarter results, iSuppli Corp. is issuing the following fast facts.
Seagate Maintains Top Ranking in Hard Disk Drive Market in Q4March 22, 2010Seagate Technology LLC in the fourth quarter of 2009 maintained its perch at the top as the world’s largest manufacturer of Hard Disk Drives (HDD), fending off a strong challenge by perennial second-ranked Western Digital Corp. Shipping approximately 49.9 million HDD units—up 8 percent from third-quarter levels of 46.3 million—Seagate in the last quarter of 2009 controlled 31 percent of the market. Revenue rose 14 percent to $3.03 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $2.66 billion in the third, translating into a 34 percent share of market. All told, those numbers were enough to keep Seagate, nominally based in the Cayman Islands with a large operational office in Scotts Valley, Calif., in the No. 1 position in both shipment and revenue share of the HDD market in the fourth quarter of 2009. “The tenacious hold at the top for Seagate surprised many observers who thought Western Digital would bypass its primary competitor in the fourth quarter of last year,” said Fang Zhang, analyst f
Computer Storage Market Returns to Growth in 2010March 11, 2010After suffering a decline 2009, global revenue from shipments of Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and Optical Disk Drives (ODDs) used in computers is expected to grow in 2010 as PC shipments rise on the strength of the economic recovery, according to iSuppli Corp. Worldwide revenue from shipments of HDDs used in computer applications is expected to amount to $27.7 billion in 2010, up 18.4 percent from $23.4 billion in 2009. Computer-oriented ODD revenue will increase to $14.8 billion in 2010, up 7.6 percent from $13.7 billion in 2009. In comparison, computer-oriented HDD revenue declined by 11.7 percent in 2009, while that of ODD decreased by 6.3 percent. “The 2010 economic recovery will bring rising sales of PCs,” said Fang Zhang, analyst for storage systems at iSuppli. “The notebook sector is expected to be particularly strong, with shipments outgrowing those of desktops. This will drive the robust increase in HDD shipments.” Other factors contributing to the rise in demand in 2010 include
Acer Ascends, Dell Dives in 2009 PC MarketMarch 09, 2010Acer Inc. in 2009 came within a hair’s breadth of supplanting Dell Inc. as the world’s No.-2 PC maker, as the Taiwanese computer maker achieved leading growth among the world’s Top-5 brands for the year, according to iSuppli Corp. No.-3 ranked Acer enjoyed a 21 percent expansion in 2009, with its global PC unit shipments rising to 38.5 million, up from 31.8 million in 2008. This represented the strongest growth among the world’s Top-5 PC makers in 2009. In contrast, U.S.-based Dell suffered a 9.9 percent drop, with its shipments declining to 38.96 million in 2009, down from 43.3 million in 2008. Dell was the only Top-5 PC brand to post a decline in shipments for the year. Due to these divergent performances, Dell ended 2009 with only a 0.2 percentage point lead over Acer, down from 3.8 points in 2008, allowing the U.S. PC OEM to hold the second rank by only the sparest of margins. “Acer’s 2009 success was driven by the notebook PC market,” said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst, comp
Acer Takes No.-2 PC Rank in Q3; Market Returns to Annual GrowthDecember 03, 2009Marking a major milestone in the history of the computer industry, an Asian OEM has captured the No.-2 position in the global PC market on a quarterly basis for the first time, according to iSuppli Corp. Acer Inc. of Taiwan in the third quarter of 2009 rose to second place in the worldwide PC business, up from third place during the previous quarter. The company supplanted Dell Inc. of the United States, which declined to third place during the quarter. Acer’s PC unit shipments soared by 16.6 percent in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the same period a year earlier and by 31 percent from the second quarter of this year. This caused the company’s share of worldwide PC unit shipments to rise to 13.4 percent, up from 12 percent in the second quarter of 2009 and up from 11.6 percent in the third quarter of 2008. “Acer’s rise to the No.-2 rank in the global PC business reflects not only its strong performance in the notebook segment, but also the historic rise of Asia as a primary for
Partly Cloudy Days Ahead for Cloud StorageNovember 04, 2009Although worldwide revenue from shipments of cloud storage systems is set to more than triple by 2013, concerns over privacy, security and other issues are expected to prevent the market from achieving even greater growth, according to iSuppli Corp. Global cloud storage system revenue is set to rise to $5 billion in 2013, up from $1.6 billion in 2009. Such systems include the XIV Storage System from IBM. “The cloud,” is a phrase describing a system that allows content or services to be accessed from the Internet using a device located anywhere in the world. Cloud storage allows user data or content to be cached online and accessed via a network. “Cloud storage provides a multitude of benefits for businesses,” said Fang Zhang, storage analyst for iSuppli. “With cloud storage, IT resource requirements can be trimmed, scalability and flexibility promoted, more agile provisioning achieved, resource utilization augmented, management efficiency improved and maintenance costs lowered.” Cl
iSuppli Issues Fast Facts on AMD’s Third-Quarter ResultsOctober 15, 2009To support media coverage of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s (AMD’s) third-quarter financial results announcement, iSuppli Corp. is issuing the following fast facts: AMD was the world’s second-largest seller of microprocessors in the second quarter of 2009 with an 11.9 percent share of global revenue. Intel Corp. held the No.-1 position. This market share figure includes all types of microprocessors and not just the PC-oriented X86 chips sold by AMD and Intel. AMD does significant business selling microprocessors for notebook PCs. iSuppli’s preliminary projection calls for notebook PC unit shipments to rise by a robust 15.1 percent in the third quarter compared to the second quarter. This contrasts markedly with poor conditions in the first half of the year. Global notebook PC unit shipments declined by 10.3 percent in the first quarter and generated only 2.3 percent growth in the second quarter, based on iSuppli's preliminary projection. iSuppli expects to revise the third-quarter es
iSuppli Fast Facts on Intel’s Third-Quarter ResultsOctober 13, 2009To assist media coverage of Intel Corp.’s third-quarter financial results, iSuppli Corp. is releasing the following fast facts: Intel in the third quarter benefitted from a rise in PC sales compared to the second quarter. iSuppli’s preliminary estimate of global PC shipments—consisting of desktops, notebooks and entry-level servers—amounted to 73.8 million units in the third quarter, up 9.8 percent from 67.2 million in the second quarter. Despite this sequential rise, third-quarter shipments are estimated to have declined by 6.7 percent from 79.1 million in the third quarter of 2008. Intel also capitalized on the continued rise in demand for netbook PCs. The company dominates the netbook microprocessor market with its Atom chip. iSuppli predicts global netbook shipments will rise to 22.2 million units in 2009, up 68.5 percent from 13.2 million in 2008. While Atom represents only a small share of Intel’s total revenue, its profitability is disproportionately high. “Netbook microproce
Enterprise Sales Take up Notebook Slack in the Solid-State Drive BusinessOctober 08, 2009Although sales of Solid-State Drives (SSDs) for notebook PCs suffered a major setback in 2009 because of soaring memory prices, the enterprise market is more than compensating for the lack of growth, causing overall SSD market revenue to rise by a factor of seven this year, according to iSuppli Corp. “The dramatic rise in the cost of NAND flash memory in the second quarter caused prices for SSDs to jump, making them uncompetitive with Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and derailing their acceptance in notebook PCs,” said Michael Yang, senior analyst for storage and mobile memory at iSuppli. “NAND flash is the critical component of an SSD, accounting for about 90 percent of its value. However, for enterprise data centers seeking to expand their capabilities while lowering their overall power consumption, SSDs remain an attractive option.” On the strength of rising demand from the enterprise segment, total SSD revenue in 2009 will soar to $883 million, up from $127 million in 2008. Unit shipments w
Dell’s Latitude-On Gives Texas Instruments a PC Entrée—But Doesn’t Displace WintelOctober 01, 2009Dell Inc.’s new Latitude-On concept marks the first use of Texas Instruments Inc.’s ARM-based OMAP applications processor in a notebook PC. But does it really represent a challenge to the PC hegemony now enjoyed by the X86 microprocessor and the Windows operating system? With Latitude-On intended only to perform a specific and limited function in notebook PCs, iSuppli Corp. does not believe it represents a threat to Wintel’s dominance. Dell describes Latitude-On as a “system on a system” wherein a regular Dell laptop using an Intel Corp. X86 and Microsoft Windows adds a separate subsystem that is based on Texas Instruments’ OMAP3430 chip. The OMAP system allows users to boot into a slimmed-down Linux operating environment with access to a web browser. When turning on a notebook using the Latitude-On mode, the PC delivers nearly instantaneous web access, bypassing the lengthy boot-up time required for Windows. Latitude-On aims to provide access to web-based e-mail, contacts, calendars a
Intel Microprocessor Domination Reaches Four-Year High in Second QuarterSeptember 14, 2009Capitalizing on a mild recovery in PC demand, Intel Corp. in the second quarter managed to expand its lead in the global microprocessor market to levels not seen in nearly four years, according to iSuppli Corp. Intel in the second quarter of 2009 accounted for 80.6 percent of global microprocessor revenue, up 1.4 points from 79.1 percent during the same period in 2008, and a 1.5 point rise from the first quarter of 2009. This gave the company the largest share of global microprocessor revenue since it claimed 82.4 percent of revenue in the third quarter of 2005. “Intel benefitted as the global PC market took a first small step toward recovery in the second quarter, with global shipments rising by 1 percent from the first quarter,” said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst of compute platforms research for iSuppli. “However, with PC shipments still down compared to a year earlier, Intel actually suffered a decline in microprocessor revenue compared to a year earlier, as did chief rival Ad
PC Market Takes First Step Toward Recovery in Q2September 11, 2009Although it won’t be enough to generate growth for the entire year, the PC market made one small step away from the abyss in the second quarter as it achieved sequential growth in unit shipments for the first time in six months, according to iSuppli Corp. Global PC shipments in the second quarter amounted to 67.2 million units. While this was down 4.3 percent from 70.2 million in the second quarter of 2008, it was up by 1 percent from 66.5 million in the first quarter of 2009. “PC shipments managed to rise in the second quarter on the back of sequential growth in sales of notebook PCs, despite quarterly declines in desktops,” said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst, compute platforms research, for iSuppli. “iSuppli predicts continued sequential growth in the third and fourth quarters, driven by the slow improvement in the worldwide economy, along with the arrival of technology drivers, such as Microsoft Corp.’s new client operating system, Windows 7. However, this growth had been expe
Blu-ray Sings the PC BluesAugust 25, 2009Despite a rapid rise in the sales of consumer Blu-ray players, a fall in their prices and an increase in the number of high-definition movie titles, Blu-ray Drives (BDs) in PC systems have been left singing the blues, according to iSuppli Corp. By 2013, BDs will be found in only 16.3 percent of PCs shipped, up from 3.6 percent in 2009. “BDs won’t be replacing DVDs as the primary optical drive in PC systems through at least the year 2013,” said Michael Yang, senior analyst for storage and mobile memory at iSuppli. “They eventually will find success, but during the next five years, that success will be limited in the PC segment. According to Yang, the two main reasons hampering the adoption of Blu-ray drives in PCs include costs as well as the lack of a library of movies that justifies the need for consumers to move to a different drive in their PCs. Cost, Yang said, is the primary impediment. Given the high price of the product, consumers are unwilling to pay the extra money in ord
iSuppli Fast Facts on AMD's Q2 EarningsJuly 21, 2009To support journalists’ coverage of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s second-quarter results, iSuppli Corp. is providing the following facts: Financial analysts expect AMD to report second-quarter revenue that is lower compared to the same period in 2008. This would follow the pattern of AMD’s main competitor Intel, which last week reported that second-quarter sales were down 15.3 percent compared to the same period in 2008, amounting to a $1.4 billion drop. The decline is largely due to a fall in PC shipments—the major factor driving sales of the computer-oriented microprocessors sold by AMD and rival Intel. Based on a preliminary forecast made prior to the end of the second quarter, iSuppli estimates global PC unit shipments in the second quarter decreased by 5.2 percent compared to the same period in 2008. Shipments in the second quarter of 2009 declined to 66.5 million units, down from 70.2 million in the second quarter of 2008. iSuppli will update this estimate when companies repor
PC Market to Suffer First Decline in 2009 in Since Dot-Com BubbleJuly 14, 2009For the first time since the Dot-Com bust of 2001, the global PC market will suffer a contraction in unit shipments in 2009, due to a combination of falling IT spending and plunging sales of desktop computers, iSuppli Corp. predicts. Global PC shipments are expected to decline to 287.3 million units in 2009, down 4 percent from 299.2 million in 2008. iSuppli previously forecasted 0.7 percent growth in PC shipments for the year. “An annual decline in unit shipments is highly unusual in the PC market,” observed Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst, compute platforms for iSuppli. “Even in weak years, PC unit shipments typically rise by single-digit percentages. The last decline—in 2001—was a 5.1 decrease in unit shipments due to the extraordinary impact of the Dot-Com bust, which caused inflated IT spending levels from the previous years to collapse.” The primary factor driving the decline in the PC market in 2009 is an expected 18.1 percent plunge in desktop shipments. Unit shipments of de
Can Google’s Chrome OS Challenge Windows in the Fast-Growing Netbook Market?July 10, 2009Google Inc.’s new Chrome Operating System (OS) represents a direct challenge to Microsoft Corp.’s hegemony in the burgeoning market for netbook software, according to iSuppli Corp. Google’s Chrome OS will launch in the second half of 2010 and initially will target netbook PCs. However the OS will not just run on netbooks based on X86 Intel architecture microprocessors, but also those using ARM-based chips, clearly showing the operating system is targeted at very low-cost netbooks. iSuppli predicts shipments of wirelessly-enabled netbooks will more than triple by 2012, rising to 36.3 million units, up from 10.3 million in 2008. The wirelessly-enabled category represents the majority—but not all—of the total netbook market, consisting of devices that support Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN), 3G WLAN and Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (WMAN) connectivity. Google Versus GoliathThe announcement of Chrome sets the stage for battle royale between Google and Microsoft. “Google’s l