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Appeared on: Monday, November 26, 2012
Nvidia led Q3 GPU Shipments, AMD and Intel Dropped

Nvidia's desktop and notebook GPU sales grew in Q3'12, while both Intel and AMD saw their shipment slowing down during the quarter, research and consulting firm Jon Peddie Research (JPR) estimates.

From Q2 to Q3 Intel slipped in both desktop (7%) and notebook (8.6%), JPR said. AMD dropped (2%) in the desktop, and (17%) in notebooks. The news was terrific for Nvidia, which gained 28.3% in desktop from quarter to quarter and jumped almost 12% in the notebook segment.

Generally, this was a not a very good quarter. The shipments were down -1.45% on a Qtr-Qtr basis, and -10.8% on a Yr-Yr basis. JPR found that graphics shipments during Q3’12 slipped from last quarter -1.5% as compared to PCs which grew slightly by 0.9% overall (however more GPU’s shipped than PCs due to double attach). GPUs are traditionally a leading indicator of the market, since a GPU goes into every system before it is shipped and most of the PC vendors are guiding down for Q4.

Figure 1: PC graphics shipments have been erratic and defy any seasonal attributes
Figure 1: PC graphics shipments have been erratic and defy any seasonal attributes

The turmoil in the PC market has caused JPR to modify its forecast since the last report; it is less aggressive on both desktops and notebooks. The popularity of tablets and the persistent recession are the contributing factors that have altered the nature of the PC market. Nonetheless, the CAGR for PC graphics from 2011 to 2016 is 3.6%, and JPR expects the total shipments of graphics chips in 2016 to be 608 million units.

The ten-year average change for this quarter is a growth of 7.9%. This quarter is below the average with a 4.6% decrease.

Figure 2: Shipments from last quarter increased 5.5%; the ten-year average is 7.9%

JPR's findings include discrete and integrated graphics (CPU and chipset) for Desktops, Notebooks (and Netbooks), and PC-based commercial (i.e., POS) and industrial/scientific and embedded. This report does not include handhelds (i.e., mobile phones), x86 Servers or ARM-based Tablets (i.e. iPad and Android-based Tablets), Smartbooks, or ARM-based Servers. It includes x86-based tablets.

The quarter in general

Year to year for the quarter the graphics market decreased. Shipments were down 20 million units from this quarter last year.

Market shares shifted for the big three, and put pressure on the smaller two, market share in shipments as indicated in Table 1 (units are in millions.)

AMD saw a change of -7.7% in total graphics market share from last year, and -1.5% quarter to quarter.

Intel’s market share increased 0.9% from last year, and -2.4% from last quarter.

Nvidia showed an increase in market share of almost 15% in overall market share from last year rising to 19%  from 16% last year.

Table 1 : Total Graphics Chip Market shares

Shipment (M units) This quarter

Market share this quarter

Last quarter (M units)

Market share last Qtr

Unit Change Qtr-to-qtr

Share Difference Qtr-to-qtr

M Units a year ago

Market Share last yr.

AMD

25.43

21.2%

28.49

22.7%

-10.7%

-1.5%

31.82

23.0%

Intel

71.75

59.8%

77.97

62.2%

-8.0%

-2.4%

83.58

60.3%

Nvidia

22.25

18.5%

18.60

14.8%

19.6%

3.70%

22.36

16.1%

Matrox

0.04

0.03%

0.05

0.0%

-20.0%

0.0%

0.06

0.0%

VIA/S3

0.53

0.4%

0.59

0.5%

-10.0%

0.0%

0.65

0.5%

Total

120.00

100.0%

125.36

100.3%

-4.3%

138.52

100.0%



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