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Shane Rau

Research Vice President, Computing Semiconductors

Shane Rau leads IDC's computing semiconductor research within IDC's Enabling Technologies team. Mr. Rau's research covers microprocessors and SoCs, discrete graphics processors (GPUs), FPGAs, and artificial intelligence (AI) accelerators in systems across the internet, including in the data center, in PCs, and at the edge, such as embedded and intelligent systems.

Mr. Rau provides in-depth insight and intelligence on market sizing, forecasting, technology trends, vendors, pricing trends, and market share. Through collaboration with PC, server and embedded systems analysts colleagues, Mr. Rau spearheads IDC research inititatives into system supply chains, technologies and interface attach rates, as well as into the changing semiconductor vendor market power dynamics.


Mr. Rau has over 25 years of experience tracking general IT and computing technology and market trends for technical and non-technical audiences. Prior to joining IDC in 2001, he was a technical editor for PC World magazine where he tracked the semiconductor industry.


  • B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College
  • Edited articles for PC World on technical accuracy and led a staff of 50 editors in article planning presenting technical material and data analysis.


Intel Launches Neural Network Processor

Oct 2017 - IDC Link - Doc # lcUS43170217

by: Michael J. PalmaShane Rau

Intel's announcement of the Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP), formerly code-named Lake Crest, reflects the significant realignment of the computing semiconductor markets as vendors and customers pursue data processing solutions, inclu...
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This IDC study examines the performance of the server microprocessor market through several market views. Unit shipments and revenue by vendors are included as well as unit shipments by processor architecture, channel to customer, socket de...
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