DigiTimes: According to market research firm IDC, second quarter worldwide PC processor shipments grew 3.6 percent compared to the prior year, and revenues surged 6.2 percent. The firm says that shipments and revenues were better than usual for a second quarter.
"Such a sequential increase in PC processor shipments alone would have been enough to conclude that the first half was strong for the market," said IDC's Shane Rau. "However, a modest rise in revenues, too, points directly to a rise in ASPs. System makers bought more and higher-priced PC processors in the second quarter than in the first. Digging a little deeper into the numbers shows that they bought more mobile processors and more server processors, while desktop processors remained flat."