Forgot all the talk about consoles stomping out the PC as a gaming platform, that just isn't going to happen. Need proof? According to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the PC graphics market has gotten off to sizzling hot start with a 44 percent increase in shipments in the first quarter compared to one year ago.
The bulk of that growth went to Intel, Nvidia, and AMD, in that order. Continued Atom sales for netbooks kept Intel on top of its game with a 63.04 percent spike in unit growth quarter-over-quarter, and Intel's overall market now share sits at 45.49 percent, down from 51.1 percent one year ago, but up from 43.5 percent in the last quarter.
JPR also noted the first shipments of a new category, the Integrated Processor Graphics. This is in part due to Intel's Pinetrail platform, which crams system graphics right into the CPU.
"We will see the rapid decline in deliveries for traditional chipset graphics for IGPs (integrated graphics processors)," JPR noted. "However for ease of reporting for now we're including these devices in our integrated numbers."