According to IDC, lack of interest in PCs means that beyond replacement of existing systems there isn't much else to hold consumers' attention with the platform. The report tries to be a little upbeat, forecasting some growth in 2015, but that comes after projected drops in the next two years that don't support the notion of future growth under any circumstance.
Revenues for the global semiconductor market dropped two percent year on year to $295 billion in 2012, IDC's latest semiconductor application forecast reports.
The global PC market contracted 13.9 percent in the first quarter of 2013 and Europe seems to have taken the worst hit. Sales of PCs in Western Europe fell off a cliff in the first three months of the year and they are down 20.5 percent year-on-year.
Manufacturers are hoping that a new crop of notebooks based on Intel’s Haswell processors and Windows 8 can help them buck negative trends in the PC market. A torrent of announcements is expected at Taipei's Computex fair next month and the first designs are ready and shipping.
AMD reported its Q1 numbers last night and they were slightly better than Wall Street’s expectations.
Yesterday IDC reported that worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13) - plummeting 13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012.
The first quarter of 2013 was the worst for PC sales since 1994, IDC said.
The maker of fashion bags, Intel, is planning to push out a lot more hardware to the lucrative server market.
Advanced Micro Device (AMD) has confirmed that it will be scaling back on chip orders from GlobalFoundries in 2013 to conserve cash as the company struggles to deal with a contracting personal computer market.
The traditional PC market is stagnating because people are increasingly relying on mobile device to access the Internet.
Global PC sales have remained painfully stagnant for several consecutive quarters, prompting industry watchers to pin their hopes on Microsoft Windows 8.
Financial analysts at Sterne Agee have downgraded AMD to a neutral rating with an $8.50 price target as the PC market slows.
The global PC market posted a slight increase in volume during the first quarter of 2012 (1Q12) compared to the same quarter in 2011, with shipments rising 2.3%.
Intel has adopted a power conscious strategy in an effort to fortify its x86 perimeter against an ARM offensive into the mainstream PC market.
ARM-powered processors remain on track to capture approximately 13% of the lucrative PC market by 2015.
ARM CEO Warren East says he will be "disappointed" if the chip designer manages to capture only 20% of the traditional PC market by 2015. Indeed, ARM chips currently dominate the smartphone and tablet markets, but have yet to make significant inroads into the PC space - which is defended by Intel and its formidable arsenal of x86 architecture.