CPU Sales Chart Flattens as PC Sales Drop Claims IDC

The drop in worldwide PC sales has had an impact on the market for CPUs as well a report by market research firm IDC claimed.

IDC said that the market for central processing units was stricken with flat year-on-year sales due to the fall in PC sales.

Despite the flat sales, processor makers like Intel and AMD, made more money in the second quarter of 2011 than they did in 2010.

According to the IDC report, the worldwide shipment of PC microprocessors declined by 2.9 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2011, but remained flat when compared to the second quarter last year.

However, the PC microprocessor market generated revenue of $9.49 billion in the second quarter of 2011, a drop of 4 percent when compared to the previous quarter but represented an increase of 5.4 percent when compared to the same quarter last year.

"The first quarter of 2011 was better than most first quarters due to the extra calendar week. So the sequential comparison isn't surprising. If we took off that extra week, the performance between the two quarters probably would have seen a seen a slight sequential uptick from Q1 to Q2," said Shane Rau, director of semiconductors, personal computing research at IDC.