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Micron to Start Producing GDDR6 RAM

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Micron to Start Producing GDDR6 RAM

Micron recently revealed to investors it will start producing GDDR6 memory on H2 2017, pushing forward to previously announced 2018 launch window.

GDDR6 represents a leap in memory technology, as Micron says it is capable of speeds reaching 16GB/s per pin, around 10x faster than mainstream memory. In comparison, the most refined version of GDDR5 offers throughput reaching 8GB/s per pin (up from an initial 4GB/s), while last year's GDDR5X increased speeds to 10GB/s per pin.

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IDC: Notebooks Help EMEA PC Market

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IDC: Notebooks Help EMEA PC Market

EMEA PC shipments stabilise in Q4 2016, IDC reports, reaching 20.7 million units with a close-to-zero (-0.2%) Y-o-Y decline in good part thanks to relatively strong shipment notebook growth of 2.9% Y-o-Y.

Notebook performance is good across all EMEA regions in Q4 2016-- W. Europe sees 2.7% Y-o-Y growth, while CEMA sees 3.3%. Driving such demand is the commercial market, where shipments are up by 10.1% in W. Europe and 1.2% in CEMA. The consumer markets in CEMA and MEA also want notebook (leading to respective shipment growth of 4.4% and 5.8%), while W. Europe sees a decline of -2.4%, less than what IDC was expecting.

However desktop PCs continue to fall during the quarter, with an EMEA decline of 6.9% due to weak consumer demand.

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PC Shipments At Their Lowest Yet!

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PC Shipments At Their Lowest Yet!

The PC market is not exactly one for good news, but according to Gartner 2016 was the worst yet-- shipments are down by -6% to 269.7 million, a 5th straight annual decline and the lowest total since 2006.

For the curious, 2006 shipments totalled 240 million.

IDC has similar results for the 2016 PC market-- shipments reach 260 million, a -5.7% decline. The analyst says Q1 2016 was particularly constrained by high inventory, free Windows 10 upgrades and difficult comparisons to 2014, but by H2 and Q4 2016 the market stabilised through commercial demand.

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Gartner: IT Spending Grows 2.7% in 2017

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Gartner: IT Spending Grows 2.7% in 2017

Global IT spending is set to reach $3.5 trillion in 2017, Gartner reports-- a 2.7% increase over 2016, if one below previous growth rate projections reaching 3%.

"2017 was poised to be a rebound year in IT spending. Some major trends have converged, including cloud, blockchain, digital business and artificial intelligence," the analyst says. "Normally, this would have pushed IT spending much higher than 2.7% growth. However, some of the political uncertainty in global markets has fostered a wait-and-see approach causing many enterprises to forestall IT investments."

Devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) spending is projected to remain flat in 2017 at $589 billion, before a PC replacement cycle and strong premium untramobile pricing and functionality helps drive growth in 2018. Also pushing growth is the mobile phone replacement cycle in emerging markets, since such regions tend to use smartphones as a main computing device, demanding more frequent replacements.

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JPR: GPUs See Q-o-Q Growth on Q3 2016

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JPR: GPUs See Q-o-Q Growth on Q3 2016

Overall GPU shipments show 20.4% Q-o-Q growth on Q3 2016, even if seen on a Y-o-Y basis shipments remain essentially flat (with a 0.3% increase), Jon Peddie Research reports, a reflection of the PC market during the same period.

GPUs make for a good indicator of the state of the PC market, since a GPU goes in every system before shipment. In fact, JPR says Q3 2016 PC shipments are up by 8.09% Q-o-Q and down by -5.37% Y-o-Y.

Driving the Q-o-Q growth are gaming desktops and notebooks, as well as datacentres. The analyst hopes gaming machines, being high ASP systems, will help offset the slowdown in overall PC shipments. However such systems only contribute "a few million unit shipments" on an annual basis, less than the decline of the total PC market.

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