Asus predicts the launch of Intel's P35 Bearlake chipset will keep their motherboard shipments steady this quarter:
Asustek Computer expects that its second quarter motherboard shipments will only drop 5% sequentially, as compared with a drop of about 18% during the same period last year, according to sources at the company.
The company will likely see its sales in the first half of the year remain ahead of seasonal patterns and be up on a year-on-year basis, the sources explained. With Asustek reportedly shipping about 14.93 million units in the first quarter, the company can be expected to ship more than 14 million motherboards this quarter. For the first half of the year, it should achieve about 46% of its 2007 shipment goal of 63 million motherboards.
The sources added that shipments were good in April and the strong shipments trend is likely to be sustained through June, especially once Intel's new chipset officially starts shipping.