Third quarter graphics processors shipments jumped 21.2 percent
sequentially after an initial rise in Q2 2009
, according to the latest numbers from Jon Peddie Research. Overall 119.45 million units were shipped during the period, exceeding the record 111 million units that were shipped in the year-ago quarter, as computer vendors built up inventory in preparation for the Windows 7 launch.
As usual, JPR's report includes market share data and covered both discrete and integrated graphics -- thus as expected Intel continued to hold the top spot with 52.7% of the market, bolstered by its installed base of integrated graphics chipsets. Nvidia was second with 24.9%, followed by a closing in AMD with 19.8%.
In terms of growth, Intel and AMD were the clear winners with quarter-to-quarter shipments rising by 25.2 and 30.2 percent respectively, while Nvidia only managed 3 percent. What's more, compared to Q3 2008 the latter actually saw a 4% decline in shipments. JPR registered growth of 3.1% for AMD, while Intel enjoyed a 14.6% growth in shipments from last year helped by strong netbook and notebooks sales.