AMD’s interim CEO Thomas Seifert appeared to be enjoying his position as top dog on Friday when he reported a whopping$1.65 billion in revenue, and over $375 million in net income. In addition to the unusually strong financial numbers, he also reported that AMD has shipped over 1.3 million Fusion APUs to AMD partners since deliveries began back in November. That’s a very impressive statistic for such a new part. Fusion based notebooks only just started trickling out over the past few weeks, but based on these figures we expect this will change very soon.
Fusion wasn’t the only winner in AMD’s portfolio for 2010 either, Seifert was proud to report that over 35 million Radeon HD 5000 and HD 6000 series DirectX 11 GPUs have shipped since they hit the market just over one year ago. Numbers like these make the PC one of the bestselling gaming platforms on the market, a point AMD was no doubt trying to drive home.
Intel still dwarfs AMD’s sales several times over, but I’m sure everyone here is glad to see a competitive AMD back on the prowl.
Worldwide semiconductor sales for November 2010 reached $26 billion, down 0.9 percent from one month prior, but up 14.4 percent from the same month in 2009, according to new data by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
"Despite continuing macroeconomic uncertainty, the semiconductor industry is slated to close the year at record sales levels with year-over-year growth rates not experienced in nearly a decade," said SIA President Brian Toohey. "The application of advanced technologies continues to further the proliferation of semiconductor content into a wider range of end products including media tablets, smartphones, eReaders, and automobiles, resulting in impressive semiconductor sales in 2010. We expect continued moderation in sales growth, in line with our November forecast."
For the whole year up to November, sales surged 34 percent to $271.8 billion, a staggering $202.8 billion increase from the same 11 month period in 2009. By 2012, SIA expects semiconductor sales to reach $329.7 billion.
The Kindle 3 appears to be a modest upgrade over the previous generation e-reader. But that hasn't stopped people from throwing their money at Amazon. Analysts had predicted that Amazon would sell around 5 million Kindles in 2010. Riding high on the Kindle 3 wave, Bloomberg reports the retailer is likely to sell over 8 million instead.
To really put this in perspective, in 2009 Amazon moved only 2.4 million of the e-reader devices. Clearly, this last year has been big for electronic books. Users of mobile phones and the iPad are also able to buy into the Amazon book ecosystem with Kindle apps. But contrary to some predictions in the wake of the iPad announcement, demand for the dedicated e-reader is not abating.
The Kindle 3 offers the same size eInk display in an overall smaller and lighter form factor. The new screen also has higher contrast than earlier models. Have you noticed more people buying Kindles this year?
Microsoft has been very coy when it comes to discussing Windows Phone 7 numbers. But the software giant has finally given us something to mull over. According to MocoNews, Microsoft mentioned in an internally produced interview that 1.5 million handsets have been shipped to carriers and other retailers. That's not actual sales to consumers, but just phones that have been sent out for sale.
We're expecting some sort of detailed numbers at CES, but in the meantime, Microsoft isn't doing itself any favors staying silent. Microsoft has only been willing to speak in generalities. They point out that their performance is about on par with other first generation mobile platforms at launch. While phone sales are still shady, the app ecosystem is coming along well. The Windows Phone Marketplace has over 4000 apps so far.
It's only been two months since WP7 dropped, so we're willing to give them time to get their ducks in a row. But will consumers offer them the same courtesy.
Not only did the games industry post a positive month in November, 2010, it posted the best November ever, getting a lot of help from Microsoft's Kinect and Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops, according to the NPD Group.
Total sales climbed to $2.99 billion, an 8 percent jump from last November. Gamers spent $1.46 on software (up 4 percent), $1.08 billion on hardware (up 2 percent), and $413.3 million on accessories such as the Kinect (up a whopping 69 percent).
"November sales represent the best November on record in terms of new physical retail sales," said NPD industry analyst Anita Frazier. "It bests November 2008 by roughly $30 million, and that time frame was at the height of the music/dance genre sales."
The Nintendo DS dominated the hardware scene, while the Xbox 360 was the best selling non-handheld console for the month. On the software front, Call of Duty: Black Ops became the best selling game in its launch month with 8.4 million units, NPD noted.
If Valve's proven anything over the years, it's that it knows two things: games and sales. Going by that (incredibly flimsy) logic, then, The Great Steam Treasure Hunt is the culmination of everything Valve's ever created. Think we're full of crap? Well, fine then, leave. We'll just keep all these great deals and priceless prizes for ourselves. Oh, back so soon? Yeah, that's what we thought.
So here's how it works: The Steam Treasure Hunt tasks you with completing any of ten in-game objectives leading up to December 20, when three winners will be given a golden ticket to crazy Newell's videogame factory. Translation: 100 free games of your choosing. On top of that, Valve's selecting 20 contestants every two days and granting them the top five games in their wishlist.
Let's face it, though: this sort of thing is just a step or two below the lottery. Why even try? Well, for you, Debbie, and the rest of the Downer family, there's still a reason to briefly shoo that stormcloud away from your head. Whenever a game has an objective attached to it (for instance, right now you need to become a Desert Fox in RUSE, among other things), it's put on sale. Currently, RUSE is going for $33.49, Poker Night at the Inventory's at $2.99, and Chime's at $1.25.
So then, there's something for everyone. Unfortunately, it's now only a matter of time until Valve makes shopping as fun as playing Half-Life, Portal, or Team Fortress, at which point we'll all go end up living on the streets. For now, though, hooray!
It seems like all the motion gaming news as of late has been about the Xbox Kinect system. Perhaps they were feeling left out, but Sony jumped into the middle of everything today by announcing they have shipped 4.1 million Move devices. What they left out, is how many of those have actually sold. Given the notable success of the Kinect (2.5 million sales so far), it might have been better if Sony hadn't said anything at all.
Since they chose to clue us in on the number of Move controllers they made, the uncomfortable issue of sales was bound to come up quickly. Sure enough, NPD is estimating that only about 500,000 Sony Move controllers have been sold thus far. That means a huge glut of motion controllers is sitting on shelves and in warehouses going into the holiday season.
We may be heading for a price drop is the Move doesn't start, *ahem*… moving. The Move bundle is going for $100 most places, but it only includes the camera, a game, and a single wand. Have you seen the Move languishing on your local store shelves?
Samsung may not have beaten the iPad in one fell swoop, but they have made a respectable splash with the release of the Galaxy Tab around the world. The device has now sold 600,000 units according to a Korean newspaper. This makes it the most popular Android tablet by an order of magnitude.
This is the first Android tablet to have the tacit support of Google. The Big G has said Android 2.2 Froyo (like on the Galaxy Tab) is not meant for tablets. But Samsung is a close partner, so Google was apparently willing to allow the Android Market and Google apps to be shipped with the Tab.
The Galaxy Tab is going to be available on all major US carriers this holiday season. The Tab also managed 30,000 sales just in South Korea in one week. So consumers are at least willing to try Android on a tablet, but Google might make them regret that purchase. Future versions of the OS may bring specific tablet improvements, and users would have to wait for that to trickle down to their devices.
Ahead of the first anniversary of the launch of Windows 7 on Friday, Microsoft has posted some stats about the first year. Writing on The Windows Blog, a perceptibly triumphant Brandon LeBlanc, a Windows Communications Manager at Microsoft, revealed that MS has sold 240 million Windows 7 licenses, making it “the fastest selling operating system in history.”
“Six months after launch, 100% (over 18,000) of our OEM partners were selling Windows 7 PCs versus 70% for Windows Vista PCs at a comparable time period. And there is an incredible ecosystem of products – software and hardware – that work great with Windows 7 too,” LeBlanc wrote.
LeBlanc also shared 7 lists of favorite Windows 7 highlights, including favorite Windows 7 features, themes, PCs and products. What do you like or dislike about Windows 7?
The latest global PC shipment numbers from Gartner and IDC have probably confirmed recent fears that tablets (effectively the iPad for now) are eating into secondary PC sales. Gartner expects media tablets to get even more ravenous as time goes on. The market research firm has forecast that media tablet sales will touch 19.5 million in 2010.
Next year might be 2011 according to the Gregorian calendar, and the year of the Rabbit as per the Chinese, but it’d truly be the year of the media tablet if Gartner’s sales forecast is proved correct. It expects tablet sales “to total 54.8 million units in 2011, up 181 percent from 2010.”
“Mini notebooks will suffer from the strongest cannibalization threat as media tablet average selling prices drop below $300 over the next 2 years,” Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, is quoted as saying in a Gartner release.
“The all-in-one nature of media tablets will result in the cannibalization of other consumer electronics devices such as e-readers, gaming devices and media player.”