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PC market: the madness continues

PC market: the madness continues

Despite continuing concerns about the semiconductor shortage, the PC market continues to grow as strongly as it has in many years. If IDC analysts are to be believed, PC shipments are expected to grow 18.1 percent in 2021, with shipments of just over 357 million units. You don’t need to have studied math to see that this means nearly 1 million PCs sold every day!

1 Million PCs sold every day in 2021

Let’s already take into account that IDC’s figures include desktops, laptops and workstations, but not tablets or x86 servers. idc PC market With the end of the pandemic (a theoretical assumption but hoped for by all), analysts believe that we could have a “breathing space” leading to a slight drop in demand. Nevertheless, on a broader projection, IDC expects an annual growth rate of 3% over the next 5 years.

PC market: A crisis that has changed purchasing habits.

DIY market PC

  • In the market of gaming enthusiasts and hobbyists, the shortage seems to have particularly affected the DIY sector and therefore the retailing of components. The potential buyer (who could afford it of course) was forced to buy pre-assembled PCsinstead of assembling his own systems. This is because the price of a complete PC was in most cases cheaper than buying the components. The example of price inflation on CPUs is sufficiently explicit to understand the phenomenon
  • In the notebook market, the situation is very paradoxical. Of course, this sector is also affected by the most visible phenomena, such as tensions on CPU/GPU and memory. But the most problematic bottlenecks appear in other areas, such as display panels, with shortages and price increases. But there are also components that were previously considered secondary, such as audio chips, controllers, etc. Small grains of sand that prevent the availability of a finished product, which in turn boosts the demand for desktopPCs.

There is a common denominator regarding these “secondary” parts and the problems the automotive industry is experiencing: all these components are produced with the same 40nm or higher etching technology. Nobody cares about this problem because we all have our eyes on 8, 7 or 5nm: but it is also disrupting the market!

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