Feeds

The PC is not dead

According to processor manufacturers

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Despite the recent slow down in the PC market, AMD and Intel both remain optimistic its prospects, with AMD claiming the market is healthy and growing at a good rate.

Hector Ruiz, anointed successor to Jerry Sanders, predicted that sales would recover in the second half of 2001, rising to $41 billion in 2002. Sales in 2000 totalled $30 billion.

Meanwhile, the top man at Chipzilla, Craig Barrett, was speaking at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) singing the praises of the personal computer. He said that other devices would proliferate, but they would all connect to a PC in some way or other.

He is quoted on Infoworld as saying: "The PC is really at the centre of the Internet, the main client. And what we're seeing today is that more and more devices are being attached around the PC, extending the PC's influence."

Recent research from Forrester would seem to support both chip makers' view about the state of the market, but for different reasons.

The researchers said that the death of the PC is overstated. Growth may not be so impressive as through the 1990s, but families are expected to start buying additional PCs, thus boosting the market. Over the next five years, the number of two-PC homes is expected to grow by 19 per cent per year, the company said.

Despite this, by 2005 the PC will still not be all pervading. Around half the consumers in the Mediterranean region will still not have a PC.

Ruiz predicted that as well as a H2 upturn in sales, demand for Flash memory products will increase in the near future. He said that Flash memory producers have been unable to keep up with demand, an imbalance he thinks will continue for "several years".

He said that AMD would invest in capacity addition, based on the forecast doubling of the market by 2002.

Barrett was more cautious. He said that there was little profit to be had, for Intel, outside it's core business of selling computer processors. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?