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Notebooks, cloud and datacentres fuel Intel growth

Simon Quicke

Those looking for signs of a decline in the PC market will not have found it in Intel's latest quarterly numbers as the chip giant indicated that demand is holding up.

A raft of recent figures from the major analyst houses has indicated that the PC market has tumbled across EMEA in the last quarter as spending at both an enterprise and consumer levels slows with fears growing that the combination of tablets and a fragile economy are damaging the prospects for desktops and laptops.

But Intel's Q3 numbers told a different story with revenue up by 29% year-on-year to $14.3bn, net income breaking the vendor's own records at $3.7bn, up 24% from the same quarter in 2010.

Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO, highighted notebooks PCs as one of the areas that had performed strongly, with double digit growth in that segment.

"We also saw continued strength in the data center fueled by the ongoing growth of mobile and cloud computing," he added.

The PC Client group contributed revenue of $9.4bn, a 22% year-on-year increase and the data centre operation $2.5bn with McAfee and the mobile communications operation contributing $1.1bn.

The one area which even Intel couldn't manage to get growth was in the Atom mobile chips, which fell by 32%, which are used in netbooks which have been overtaken by the tablet form factor.

Looking forward the vendor is expecting next year's launch of Windows 8 to create a lift in the market and give a boost to PC sales.
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