Microprocessor sales perking up

There’s more evidence the chip industry is slowly climbing out of the recessionary muck where it’s been mired for months.

The latest good news comes from research firm IDC, which reported this week that worldwide shipments of personal computer microprocessor rose 10.1 percent from the first quarter of the year to the second.

Microprocessor shipments for the second quarter were up 12.5 percent for Intel, while those for Advanced Micro Devices rose 1.8 percent.

But don’t get too giddy just yet. IDC says the sales increases is mostly due to computer makers restocking their inventory, rather than consumers ramping up demand for PCs. Until more people start buying computers, experts warn, the chip industry will likely remain bogged down for a while.  .

 

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