Astounding year-to-year growth in PC graphics; Quarter-to-quarter also beats expectations

Posted: 01.26.10

TIBURON, CA-January 26, 2010 - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced today its estimated graphics chip shipments and suppliers' market shares for Q4'09.

Figures for the year 2009 came in above expectations with a 14% year to year growth, an amazing comeback, in this year of retrenching and recession

Table 1: Growth rates from 2002 to 2011
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
180.6 217.1 239.0 269.4 316.5 351.7 373.0 425.4 544.0 600.1
20.6% 20.2% 10.1% 12.7% 17.5% 11.1% 6.1% 14.0% 27.9% 10.3%

Intel was the leader in Q4'09, elevated by Atom sales for netbooks, as well as strong growth in the desktop segment. AMD gained in the notebook integrated segment, but lost some market share in discrete in both the desktop and notebook segments due to constraints in 40nm supply. Nvidia picked up a little share overall. Nvidia's increases came primarily in desktop discretes, while slipping in desktop and notebook integrated.

Vendor This Quarter Market share last Quarter Market share Unit Growth Qtr-Qtr This quarter last year Market share Growth Yr-Y
AMD 19.9% 20.1% 13.6% 19.3% 91.5%
Intel 55.2% 53.6% 17.9% 47.7% 114.7%
Nvidia 24.3% 25.3% 10.2% 30.6% 47.3%
Matrox 0.0% 0.0% 66.7% 0.1% -16.7%
SiS 0.0% 0.3% -81.8% 1.1% -92.5%
VIA/S3 0.6% 0.7% -3.9% 1.2% -9.5%
Total 100.0% 100.0% 14.7% 100.0% 85.7%

AMD reported revenue of $427 million from their graphics segment for the quarter, up 40% sequentially. AMD's graphics segment reported an operating income of $53 million, a substantial improvement from the prior quarter.

Intel reported revenue from chipset and other revenue of $1.877 billion in Q4.

Nvidia's quarter, which straddles the calendar quarters reported revenues of $903 million for their Fiscal Q3'10 which is from August to the end of October. Their next quarter ends in January.

A new category - CIG
Q4'09 saw the first shipments of a new category, the CPU-integrated graphics - CIG. With the advent of new CPUs with integrated or embedded graphics, we will see a rapid decline in shipments of traditional chip-set graphics or IGPs (integrated graphics processors.)

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