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IDC: Traditional PC Market "Further Stabilises"

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IDC: Traditional PC Market

The traditional PC market (covering desktops, notebooks and workstations) shows further signs of stabilisation, IDC reports-- global shipments total 67.2 million units in Q3 2017, a slight -0.5% Y-o-Y decline.

Such results are better than previous forecasts of a -1.4% Y-o-Y decline, and are the result of a boost coming from improvements in emerging markets and back-to-school promotions. Even EMEA sees "signs of progress towards stabilisation," with notebooks as chief driver while a growing gaming segment helps keep the desktop market going.

"The traditional PC market performed much as expected in Q3 2017," the analyst remarks. "Emerging markets rebounded slightly more than anticipated, but overall results reflect the stabilization we expected following component and inventory adjustments. The outlook for Q4 2017 remains cautious, likely with a small decline in volume for the quarter and the year. The gains in emerging regions and potential for more commercial replacements represent some upside potential, although we continue to expect incremental declines in total shipments for the next few years."

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The TEMIA Paper for Fixed Wireline, Mobile and IT Inventory

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The TEMIA Paper for Fixed Wireline, Mobile and IT Inventory

The Technology Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA) publishes an industry standard for fixed wireline, mobile and IT inventory management, providing a critical foundation for all programs.

The paper promotes more precision in the discussion of what can be included in the scope of work for fixed, mobile and IT inventory, and the IT section in the standard reflects this new thinking. After all, IT may not be part of a current TEM or MMS engagement, but is included to help clients and solution providers define the scope of the work.

A result of 6 months of contributions from TEMIA thought leaders, the paper identifies a minimum requirement for what should be tracked, managed and reported. It also identifies a second categories of items that are not part of the required standard with items that are "nice to have."

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Gartner: 2018 IT Spending to Reach $3.7 Trillion

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Gartner: 2018 IT Spending to Reach $3.7 Trillion

Global IT spending will total $3.7 trillion in 2018, Gartner predicts-- a 4.3% increase over 2017 spending worth around $3.5 trillion, with communications services driving the majority of spending.

Enterprise software and services should also continue showing strong growth. In fact, software spending is projected to grow by 8.5% in 2017, before growing by 9.4% in 2018 to total $387 billion. Meanwhile services spending is to grow 4% in 2017 to reach $931bn, and increase 5.3% in 2018 to reach $980bn.

Devices should also exhibit strong growth-- a first in 2 years-- with a 5.3% increase in 2017 and 5% in 2018. Increased ASPs for premium phones in mature markets, in part due to the iPhone 8 and X, together with businesses replacing PCs with Windows 10 machines, drive growth in the segment.

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Rambus Claims Fully-Functional DDR5 DIMM

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Rambus Claims Fully-Functional DDR5 DIMM

Memory maker Rambus announces what it says is an industry first-- a fully-functional DDR5 DIMM prototype, one capable of "the speeds required for the upcoming DDR5 standard."

"We are proud to provide an early path to adoption with the first working buffer chip prototype running at the anticipated performance of next-generation DDR5," the company says. "This demonstrates our continued dedication to be first to market and remaining on the leading edge of industry standards."

Standards association JEDEC still has to publish the standard for DDR5, but the memory technology should offer double the bandwidth and the density of DDR4, with improved channel efficiency and greater power efficiency. As such, DDR5 should reach data rates of up to 6.4Gbit/s and deliver a maximum of 51.2GBytes/s, up from the 3.2Gbit/s and 25.6GBytes/s of DDR4.

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DigiTimes: "Some" Cannon Lake CPUs Delayed!

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DigiTimes claims Intel has rescheduled the release of "some" next-generation Cannon Lake-based processors-- mainly ones with integrated GPUs-- to end 2018, affecting notebook makers and their suppliers.

According to unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain, the situation is bad enough some vendors are considering skipping the 10nm Cannon Lake in favour of its eventual successor, Ice Lake. After all, the Intel roadmap shows Ice Lake will be available "shortly after" the rescheduled Cannon Lake launch.

In turn, Intel says the first 10nm products should ship by end 2017, beginning with a lower volume SKU before an H1 2017 volume ramp. Recently Chipzilla presented an update on the 10nm process technology at a Technology and Manufacturing Day event in Beijing, but had nothing to say on the reported delay.

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