Nearly 50% of 2011 PCs to have processors with on-die graphics

With Intel's Sandy Bridge and AMD's Zacate already out—not to mention Llano on the way—2011 looks set to be the year of processors with on-die graphics logic. As a matter of fact, a new report by IHS iSuppli forecasts that nearly half of all PCs and desktops shipped this year will feature such processors... and that penetration will only increase over the next few years.

The market research firm predicts that 115 million notebooks out of the 230 million shipped this year will feature processors with on-die graphics, while 63 million desktops (45% of the total) will be in the same boat. Fast forward to 2014, and these so-called "graphics-enabled microprocessors" will purportedly find their way into 83% of notebooks and 76% of desktops, making traditional CPU designs a clear minority.

IHS iSuppli defines graphics-enabled microprocessors as "microprocessors that feature a central processing unit (CPU) as well as a graphics processing unit in a single-chip design." As far as I can tell, that definition doesn't cover the Clarkdale and Arrandale processors Intel introduced last year, since those parts have separate CPU and graphics chips that happens to reside on the same CPU package.

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