Enabling Technologies: PCs and Servers
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IDC's Enabling Technologies: PCs and Servers service provides strategic and tactical analysis for chip suppliers and OEMs in the computing system markets. The PC client and server microprocessor market continues to face fundamental change. System-level competition among various system types such as among PCs, tablets, and smartphones on the client side and among servers, storage systems, and networking systems on the server compute side is forcing competition across the value chains for each of these system types. Vendors such as Intel and AMD are integrating components around their x86 microprocessors, segmenting their product lines and targeting new systems on a chip (SoCs) toward tablets and smartphones where ARM-based SoCs now dominate. In turn, vendors such as NVIDIA and Qualcomm are positioning their SoCs in the computing markets, including client and enterprise systems.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Worldwide client PC and server semiconductor forecast
  • PC and server microprocessor vendor market share by form factor, processor brand, and graphics type
  • DRAM supply, demand, megabyte per system, and pricing trends
  • PC and workstation discrete graphics processing unit (GPU) market share by form factor
  • PC core logic chipset vendor market share by all form factors, CPU vendor supported, and graphics type
  • NAND flash memory supply, demand, megabyte per system, and pricing trends

Core Research

  • Worldwide PC and Server Semiconductor Forecast
  • Worldwide Quarterly PC and Server Microprocessor Vendor Shares
  • Worldwide PC and Server Microprocessor Forecast
  • Worldwide Quarterly PC and Workstation Discrete Graphics Processing Unit Vendor Shares
  • Worldwide DRAM Demand and Supply Update
  • Worldwide NAND Flash Demand and Supply Update

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Key Questions Answered

  1. What are the volume and pricing of processors for mobile PCs, desktop PCs, and PC servers? Where are PC processors going when they're not going into PCs?
  2. How will ARM-based microprocessors like Cavium and NVIDIA enter the PC and server spaces, and what market conditions are necessary for ARM vendors to succeed?
  3. How are Google, Amazon, and other service providers influencing processor vendors?
  4. What will be the impact on NAND flash memory in the PC, including solid state disk (SSD) drives and hybrid hard disk drives (H-HDD)?

Server Processing Pricing

Source: IDC

Companies Analyzed

IDC's Enabling Technologies: PCs and Servers service examines how semiconductor vendors are positioning themselves to compete in the computing semiconductor market. This service reviews the strategies, market positioning, and future direction of several providers in the semiconductor market, including:

AMD, Applied Micro, ARM, Broadcom, Cavium, Calxeda, Elpida, Freescale, IBM, Intel, Micron Technology, MIPS, Nanya, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Rambus, Samsung (LSI), Samsung (Memory), SK Hynix, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Via Technologies.

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Meet the Experts
Shane Rau
Research Vice President, Computing Semiconductors
Soo-Kyoum Kim
Program Director, Semiconductors Research