Intel reports demand for desktop processors from the channel is still strong:
Intel recently sent Steve Dallman, general manager of Intel Worldwide Reseller Channel Organization to Taiwan, China and Singapore to hold conference with local channel parters. During the meeting Dallman detailed the company's outlook for the desktop CPU market and introduced its new Clearbay project for enterprises.
According to Intel, the desktop CPU channel market is still seeing growth. The company estimates that worldwide desktop CPU shipments increased 9% sequentially in the third quarter this year, while the channel segment contributed 23-24% of shipments. With quad-core CPUs becoming more popular among consumers, average selling prices (ASPs) increased by around US$11. To date, Intel has already shipped over two million quad-core CPUs since the launch in November 2006, which indicates that the demand from mid-range and high-end market is still strong, Dallman noted.
Intel's Clearbay server CPU project for small- and medium-size enterprises focuses on ease of use while providing assistance in replacing old equipment and software, detailed Dallman.