Tiernan Ray, Barrons, The PC Market Isn’t Dead Yet, but It’s barely Breathing, here. There has to be a bunch of top shelf motherboard and rack designers you can pick up in this decline.
Last October, to the bemusement of many, we featured a tombstone on our cover with the words “R.I.P. PC.” So far, it may not be death for the personal computer, but it is surely a very unhealthy state of affairs.
Personal-computer shipments in the first half of this year were down 11%. IDC called the first quarter the worst in all the years it has tracked PC shipments. Gartner, meanwhile, pointed out that the second quarter made it five quarters in a row of year-over-year declines, the longest period of decline on record.
At 76 million units shipped last quarter, we’re back to the level of PC shipments last seen in early 2008, heading into recession.