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Graphics Enabled Microprocessors On Half Of PCs By 2012

The market for graphics-enabled microprocessors (GEMs) is expected to register a high level of growth this year, a new market study has revealed.

According to market research firm iSuppli, GEMs, which were launched by Intel and AMD this year, will be on 50 per cent of all notebooks and 45 per cent of desktops available in the market by the end of this year.

The company said that notebook penetration of GEM processors will grow by 11 per cent in 2011 from 39 per cent in 2010. Similarly, GEM penetration in desktops will grow by 9 per cent in 2011 from 36 per cent in 2011.

iSuppli predicted that 115 million notebooks out of the 230 million that are expected to be shipped this year will be fitted with GEMs, with shipments of GEM powered desktops at 63 million.

The company also estimated that by 2014, 3 per cent of all notebook PCs and 76 per cent of desktop PCs sold across the globe will be powered by GEM processors.

Peter Lin, principal analyst for compute platforms at IHS, said in a statement, “With GEMs capable of generating the total graphic output of a PC, no additional graphics processor or add-in graphics card is needed.”

The report did however concede that GEMs probably won't ever be likely to offer the gamer-friendly performance of a discrete graphics card.