Increased Netbook Sales Result in Increased Graphics Chip Shipments
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Recent netbook sales have resulted in an increased shipment of Intel’s and Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD’s) graphics chips. According to market research firm Jon Peddie Research, Q3 shipments of graphics chips increased 21.2% from Q2 of 2009. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research is optimistic for the future, as a reported 119.45 million units of graphics chips were shipped in Q3, which is an increase of over 8 million units more than Q3 of 2008.
It’s possible that Q4 shipments for 2009 may not be as strong as Q3 though, as Peddie mentions that “The channel is full…That suggests that while Q4 is typically a good quarter for PCs, the quarter-to-quarter growth in Q4 may not be as robust as Q3. Graphics are a great leading indicator. The graphics go in before the PC is built or shipped.”