Research firm IDC reports that the worldwide PC CPU market hit record levels in Q3 2008 despite the poor economy. However, the outlook for the PC CPU market has grown murky. During Q3 2008 the market grew 14% compared to the previous quarter and 15.8% compared to the previous year.
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The Intel Atom processor used in the majority of netbook systems made the biggest impact on the market according to IDC. If you factor out the Atom CPU the market still grew though according to IDC. The strong performance of the market has led IDC to raise its forecasts to 18% for the year.
"Not considering the effects of Atom, the overall market still grew at a decent pace in the third quarter,” said Shane Rau, director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC. “Intel's and AMD's shipments grew at a rate only slightly slower than typical for a third quarter, and seasonal demand appeared reasonable up until September. By segment, while the mobile processor segment grew aggressively, the server segment was soft."
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