Friday, May 1, 2009

Video cards: NVIDIA and Intel increased slightly

Who said slow sales of PCs said reducing the number of graphics cards delivered by the various stakeholders, a logic that today confirms the institute Jon Peddie Research (JPR) with the release of its quarterly survey. According to him, 78.87 million graphics chips have been delivered on the first three months of the year: an increase of 4.8% over the last quarter of 2008, but a collapse if one goes back one year earlier: then he had sold nearly 95 million GPUs.

Intel retains its position as number one thanks to its integrated controllers. The firm produces 49.7% of deliveries in the quarter, against 47.7% at end 2008. NVIDIA also sees its market share from 30.6 to 31.1%. In return, AMD recorded a slight decline, with 12.81 million graphics chips shipped, or 17.1% of the global market. Then, far behind, players like SiS, VIA or Matrox, which now account for about 6% of the market.

For the future, not JPR is hardly optimistic, believing that it will probably wait until mid-2010 to find a sales level similar to 2008. The Institute believes that the arrival of Snow Leopard from Apple - which for the first time build natively on the computing power of graphics cards via OpenCL - Windows 7 and Microsoft will have a beneficial effect on the market.

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