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No other country shipped more PCs last year than China, which propelled it ahead of the United States to take pole position for the first time ever on an annual basis, according to data provided IHS iSuppli. China shipped 69 million computers, edging out the U.S. by 3 million units. Interestingly, IHS iSuppli says China's market was equally split between desktop and notebook shipments, one of several "distinct characteristics" that set the region apart in the computer space. "The equal share of shipments for desktops and notebooks in China is unusual, since consumers in most regions today tend... Read more...
History will ultimately tell us whether or not Microsoft's Surface tablet strategy was a sound one, but for now, we don't have the benefit of time and hindsight. In their absence, we have to rely on data and analysis from market research firms (as well as our own impressions), and it just so happens that IHS iSuppli has some interesting figures on Surface RT. Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at IHS iSuppli, told CNet that Microsoft has shipped about 1.25 million Surface RT tablets into the channel, but sales are "significantly lower," perhaps as low as 55 or 60 percent of total shipments. That works... Read more...
Remember when hard drive capacities were measured in megabytes instead of gigabytes? Perhaps you can recall using cassette tapes to store your data. Those digital dark ages are long gone, and today's hard drives are much more capacious, but with solid state drives coming down in price, are HDDs on their last legs? Not by a long shot. IHS iSuppli says maximum areal densities in HDDs are expected to more than double during the five-year period from 2011 to 2016, climbing to a maximum 1,800 Gigabits (Gb) per square inch per platter, up from 744 Gb per square inch in 2011. This tremendous growth is... Read more...
Remember when high performance system memory used to command a king's ransom? Those days are long gone as tough times have fallen on DRAM makers struggling to turn a profit, no easy task when you're selling memory products at rock bottom prices. However, relief is in sight, according to IHS iSuppli, which claims that the DRAM market's woes are over thanks in large part to Elpida's bankruptcy. IHS iSupply forecasts DRAM revenue will reach $30.6 billion this year, up 3.3 percent from $29.6 billion in 2011. That's not a ginormous leap in revenue, but still a "welcome development given the stunning... Read more...
Smaller form factor 2.5-inch hard drives are finally getting their due in the desktop segment, and it's thanks to the rising popularity (and affordability) of all-in-one (AIO) systems. According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, worldwide shipments of 2.5-inch HDDs to all AIOs are forecast to reach about 1 million units in 2013, which doesn't sound like very much until you consider that shipments are expected to be "virtually zero" this year. "With a maximum capacity of 1 terabyte, 2.5-inch HDDs are proving very attractive to PC makers for use in their next-generation all-in-one designs," said... Read more...
After you add up the price of all the parts, Nokia's shiny new Lumia 900 smartphone carries a bill of materials (BOM) in the neighborhood of $209, according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli. Factor in another $8 for manufacturing fees and the cost to build the Windows Phone device everyone is talking about comes out to $217, or 46 percent of the Lumia 900's $450 retail price sans contract. Of course, most people are going to purchase the phone on contract with a two-year service agreement, which knocks the price of the phone down to $100 via AT&T. Between now and April 21st, Nokia will... Read more...
Ever since the flat panel TV segment came into existence, it's experienced growth on an annual basis, and that includes when the recession in 2008 hit an all time high. But just like the Boston Celtics reeling off 8 consecutive NBA championships in a row from 1959-1966, all good runs eventually come to an end, and so it looks to be that way for flat panel televisions. According to IHS iSuppli's crystal ball, flat panel TV shipments will decline to 37.1 million units by the end of 2012, down 5 percent from 39.1 million units in 2011. "The U.S. flat-panel television market has never declined on an... Read more...
Slumping PC sales and a struggling economy have done nothing to stifle Intel's swagger, and in fact the Santa Clara chip maker is sitting pretty with its highest annual market share in more than a decade, according to data compiled by IHS iSuppli.The leading chip maker grew its overall semiconductor market share from 13.1 percent in 2010 to 15.6 percent in 2011, which is the highest it's been since at least 2001 when it reached 14.9 percent. "Intel in 2011 captured the headlines with its major surge in growth," said Dale Ford, head of electronics and semiconductor research for IHS. "The company’s... Read more...
Give it another couple of generations and America's young folk will think of DVDs the way the current generation thinks of VHS. DVDs are a dead format in the making, and they've already begun their march down death row. Find that hard to believe? Consider this -- according to IHS Screen Digest, in 2012 Americans will pay to consume 3.4 billion movies online, which works out to over 1 billion MORE movies than what are consumed on DVD and Blu-ray combined.. This, says IHS Screen Digest, puts "the final nail in the old idea that consumers won't accept premium content distributed online." But the question... Read more...
For those of you who lay awake at night tossing and turning as you try to figure out whether Apple can afford to sell its new iPad models at the same price points as the iPad 2, you can rest easy knowing the Cupertino company is still making a profit on hardware. And a hefty one at that. IHS iSuppli completed its teardown analysis of the new iPad and figured out that it costs between $306.05 (16GB Wi-Fi) and $397.95 (64GB Wi-Fi + 4G) to build the new tablets. Here's how it breaks down: iPad 16GB Wi-Fi: $306.05 to build, sells for $499 ($192.95 difference) iPad 32GB Wi-Fi: $322.85 to build, sells... Read more...
Word to the wise -- if you find a killer deal on a mechanical hard drive and you need more storage, go ahead and pounce. As you're probably well aware by now, recent flooding in Thailand hit the hard drive industry pretty hard, and that's been resulting in higher prices all around. It's also causing a shortage of HDDs, and by extension, a shortfall in PC shipments. According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, there will be a 3.8 million unit shortfall in PC shipments in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the previous IHS forecast issued in August, and it's a direct result of the hard drive... Read more...
Lenovo talked a big game about how it was going to leapfrog ahead of Dell in the global PC market to become the world's second largest PC brand, and lo and behold, the company backed up its bravado with a strong third quarter. According to figures by market research firm IHS iSuppli, Lenovo's PC shipments in the third quarter rose to 12.5 million units, a 14.5 percent gain over the 10.9 million PCs it shipped in the second quarter. No small feat, Lenovo's remarkable Q3 growth outpaced the PC market as a whole in convincing fashion, which only grew 5.5 percent during the same period. But more importantly,... Read more...
Maybe you have no interest in owning an Ultrabook currently. Perhaps you find them to be too expensive for what they are and think you'll be better served by waiting a generation or two. Certainly you're in the majority, because according to IHS iSuppli, Ultrabooks will only account for 2 percent of all notebook shipments by the end of 2011. Looking longer term, however, Ultrabook sales are about to shoot up. IHS iSuppli reckons Ultrabooks will account for 13 percent of all notebook shipments in 2012, and then 28 percent in 2013, 38 percent in 2014, and 43 percent in 2014. It's all about looking... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet figures to be a hugely successful device. How much of a success is yet to be determined, but there's certainly a lot of buzz surrounding Amazon's entry into the tablet market. That's what happens when you undercut the competition with a $199 slate without neutering the hardware. Sure, it's a 7-inch slate, but it's also rocking a dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and an IPS panel. In fact, some estimates have the hardware and manufacturing costs coming out to more than $199. IHS iSuppli, for example, put together an estimated bill of materials (BOM) that has Amazon spending... Read more...
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