Graphics market shows no sign of slow down

Global GPU shipments show strongest quarterly growth in six years

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By  Mark Sutton Published  October 28, 2008

The graphics card market showed no signs of recession in Q3 of this year, according to figures from Jon Peddie Research (JPR).

The specialist graphics and multimedia analyst company reported that the worldwide market for GPUs grew by 18% from Q2 to Q3 of 2008, the largest quarter-on-quarter growth for six years.

Overall over a 111.26 million GPUs were shipped in Q3, marking an annual growth in shipments of 22.5%.

Dr Jon Peddie, president of JPR commented: “The third quarter is seasonally up as OEMs place orders for chips to build inventory for the holiday season. However, this quarter was up more than any other for some time, and in spite of suggestions of a recession that started last Q4. Desktops increased seasonally and notebooks enjoyed quite significant gains."

The market is still dominated by three main players – Intel, nVidia and AMD. Intel had the largest overall share of the GPU market, with 49.4% of shipments, followed by nVidia with 27.8% and AMD with 20.6%.

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