After three years of continued growth, the workstation market saw shipments drop sequentially last quarter, according to Jon Peddie Research's latest Workstation Report. The market research firm says workstation makers shipped 847,900 systems in Q4'07 but only 822,600 in Q1'08, "finally [breaking] that long string of sequential gains."
JPR nonetheless sees a silver lining in the end of the growth streak. Year-over-year figures paint a "more accurate picture of market health," the firm explains, and growth from Q1'07 to Q1'08 was a relatively healthy 18.4% (from 694,900 units to 822,600). Shipments did grow by more than 23% in the previous two quarters, but this latest figure is still "far from disappointing."
JPR goes on to comment, "The market had been quite hot, significantly outpacing the broader client PC market over the same period. With all that growth behind it - and economic uncertainties growing - it was only a matter of time before gains would eventually moderate."