There's No Stopping The CPU (Sales)

CPU sales continue to break new records, with an overall growth of 8.5% in the fourth quarter of 2007.  That's great news by itself, but there's an interesting breakdown on growth that shows some interesting facts:

“Shipments of processors designed for PC servers stood out in the quarter, growing 17% sequentially. Shipments of processors for mobile PCs grew 10.3%, while processors for desktop PCs grew 6.5%. IDC analysis also reveals that, within each form factor, the percentage of high-end and mainstream processors grew at the expense of low-end processors. For example, in the desktop processor segment, high-end and mainstream processors represented 87.1% of processors shipped in the fourth quarter of 2007, up from 84.6% in the third quarter.”

The fact that the growth in the server market outpaced even the mobile CPU market's growth is quite amazing and might just be a testament to some of the new technologies that AMD and Intel are bringing to that market.
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