Yesterday’s DigiTimes had an interesting story showing that the desktop market is expected to grow 8% from last year, due in part from the rise in tablet PCs. While this may seem counterintuitive, people buying tablets still need to connect and sync to desktop PCs (as Tim has pointed out in his past post). Also, it doesn’t hurt that GIGABYTE motherboards with On/Off Charge are able to charge tablets through their USB ports, unlike a majority of notebooks out there.
The desktop PC market, benefiting from the rise of tablet PCs, is expected to achieve a growth of 8% on year in terms of shipments in 2011 with motherboard players including Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI), Asustek Computer, and ASRock all set to advance into China's tier-4 to -6 cities
They also mentioned that if Europe remains stable through the rest of the year, motherboard makers should reach growth up to 15% in the 3rd quarter.
The sources estimated that if China's demand during the peak season reaches their expectations, while demand from Europe market remains stable, first-tier motherboard makers' sequential shipment growth will reach 15% in the third quarter. Europe is currently still filled with uncertainty, whether demand from Europe will drop even further as well as the potential of China's tier-4 and -6 cities will both be keys for the motherboard makers' performance in the third quarter.
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