Research firm Jon Peddie has released a report about the graphics chip market in the first quarter of 2009. The GPU market has had a rough year, shipments are up 3.29 percent sequentially, but way down compared to a year ago. Both Intel and NVIDIA saw their shipments rise in the first quarter, while AMD saw its shipments decline by 1.2 million units.
When we take a look at GPU marketshare in percentages we see Intel managed to increase its marketshare from 42.7 percent a year ago to 49.7 percent last quarter. NVIDIA dipped from 32.7 percent to 31.1 percent and AMD slipped from 18.6 percent to 17.1 percent. Intel and NVIDIA increased their marketshare compared to the fourth quarter of 2008, at the expense of AMD which dropped from 19.3 percent to 17.1 percent. Additionally, all the smaller players in the GPU market like S3 and Matrox lost a lot of marketshare, they dived to 2.1 percent, down from 6 percent a year earlier. One of the reasons why Intel is gaining so much is the shift towards cheaper systems like netbooks, which use integrated graphics.
Jon Peddie expects to see an upturn in the third and fourth quarters of this year, the research firm explains new product launches, back-to-school and holiday-season rushes, pent-up demand, worldwide stimulus programs, and the launch of Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 will all help to boost demand for GPUs.