StatShot: Shipments of Graphics Chips Nosedive

gpumkt2The drop-off in demand for personal computers is hitting the graphics chip market hard. Jon Peddie Research has issued a report showing that total GPU shipments fell to 72.4 million in the fourth quarter — down 2 percent year-over-year and 35 percent from the third to the fourth quarter. This is the first time fourth-quarter shipments have fallen sequentially since 2000. Maybe people are buying netbooks and smartphones rather than PCs. (Check out the chart for market share¬†by clicking on the image. Nvidia and VIA eked out some gains.)

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