PC chip shipments up but outlook hazy

Global PC microprocessor shipments saw a healthy rise in the second quarter, though the outlook is cautious for the third quarter, IDC said.

Global PC microprocessor shipments saw a healthy rise in the second quarter, though the outlook is cautious for the third quarter, IDC said.

Worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the second calendar quarter of 2010 increased 3.6 percent and 6.2 percent, respectively, compared with the first quarter, according to market researcher IDC, in a report released Thursday.

The average sequential change in unit shipments between calendar-year first quarter and second quarter is an increase of 1.6 percent. For revenues, the average sequential change is a decrease of 2.8 percent, IDC said. So, the percentages recorded in the second quarter of 2010 represent better performance than usual for a second calendar quarter, IDC said. IDC's forecast for the third quarter is cautious, saying that market demand for processors is expected to be weak in August. "Major OEMs cut PC build orders with their contract manufacturers who, in turn, have cut orders for commodity components," Rau said.

(Credit: IDC)

For more on this story, read PC chip shipments see Q2 rise but outlook wary on CNET News.

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