JPR: GPU shipments fell last quarter

Jon Peddie Research's graphics shipment estimates for past quarter are in. The numbers are "below expectations", according to the research firm—growth from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2010 only amounted to 4.3%, despite "sharpshooters" expecting double-digit growth. JPR reckons the possible cannibalization of PC sales by tablets like the iPad might be to blame.

The research firm has also whipped up some market share numbers for individual graphics vendors, which are always fun to look at. It looks like both AMD and Nvidia gained market share over the short term:

Vendor Q4 2009 Q3 2010 Q4 2010
AMD 21.7% 23.0% 24.2%
Intel 51.1% 55.2% 52.5%
Nvidia 26.5% 21.0% 22.5%

Those numbers conceal some larger shifts in unit shipments, though. Intel reportedly saw a 7.3% unit decline between the third and fourth quarters, while AMD and Nvidia both enjoyed sub-5% unit growth. Comparing Q4 2010 to Q4 2009, JPR says AMD came out on top with 11.2% unit growth, compared to 2.9% growth for Intel and a 15.1% drop for Nvidia. The delayed release of DirectX 11 GeForces was still stinging in the holiday quarter, clearly.

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