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Worldwide PC Microprocessor Market Remained Weak in 1Q09, IDC Reveals

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Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments in the first calendar quarter of 2009 (1Q09) fell significantly for the second quarter in a row, according to new data from IDC. While the decline was slightly more than typically occurs between fourth quarter and first quarter, IDC believes that the market's decline is slowing.

In 1Q09, worldwide PC processor unit shipments declined –10.9% from 4Q08 to 1Q09, as compared to –17.0% from 3Q08 to 4Q08. Unit shipments declined –13.0% from 1Q08 to 1Q09.

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I say 3 factors are contributing to this:
1) Economy (people are holding their wallets a little tighter)
2) Seasonal - as mentioned in the article this is standard in this quarter.
3) People don't see as much benefit in upgrading their proc's anymore. Pentium 4's are still pretty well standard in the average layman's PC - Pentium D perhaps. Core 2 took a pretty firm hold very quickly on the new market, but those things are so fast, and XP works near seamlessly with them, most people/families/businesses don't need to upgrade beyond an E6300. Yes, all of us enthusiasts NEED to :D but more out of hobby and addiction to cutting edge than operational necessity. i7 is WOW amazing tech, but unnecessary to standard user. Even to gamers yet. Until we reach a point where this changes (and it will, just as it has), when Pentium D's & then Core2 get honestly severely bogged down under standard computer operations, I don't foresee this factor changing.