Global shipments of GPU’s during Q4 2008 fell by 34 per cent compared to the previous quarter, Jon Peddie Research has reported.
This is the first time that quarterly shipments have fallen since the year 2000, with every vendor suffering reductions.
Although the quarter has seen an unusual decline, it should be considered that Q3 was unusually robust even for a Christmas quarter.
“The fourth quarter is usually a positive quarter for the computer industry. There has obviously been some inventory problems in the quarter as sales failed to live up to the optimistic expectations of the third quarter,” commented Dr Jon Peddie.
“We’re forecasting a strong Q3 and Q4 for 2009 and bracing for what will probably be the worst Q1 and Q2 decline we’ve seen since the Internet bubble pop of 2000.”