JPR: Sales of graphics-enabled chips grew last quarter

The latest figures for graphics-enabled silicon are in, and by Jon Peddie Research's count, the market grew by a healthy amount last quarter. Third-quarter shipments of graphics-enabled chips were up 16.7% compared to the previous quarter and 18.4% compared to the same quarter a year back. The firm comments, "Shipments during the third quarter of 2011 did (finally) behave according to past years with regard to seasonality, and [were] higher on a year-to-year comparison for the quarter."

JPR has also compiled some market share figures, which say Nvidia lost ground to both AMD and Intel last quarter. Of course, JPR's numbers put integrated and discrete graphics processors under the same umbrella, which gives Intel quite an advantage—even if many of today's gaming systems feature a graphics-enabled Intel CPU with a discrete AMD or Nvidia GPU.

Vendor Q3 2010 Q2 2011 Q3 2011
Intel 55.1% 54.8% 60.4%
AMD 23.0% 24.4% 23.0%
Nvidia 21.0% 20.1% 16.1%

JPR notes that Intel saw 28.5% unit growth between the second and third quarters. AMD enjoyed 9.9% growth over the same time period, while Nvidia's shipments of graphics-enabled chips actually declined by 6.2%. That said, Nvidia reportedly gained ground in discrete GPUs. We'll have to wait for complete discrete GPU market share numbers to get the full picture there, though.

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