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Worldwide Motherboard Forecast, 2014 – 2018 and Worldwide Desktop PC Forecast, 2014 – 2018 are new market research reports added to store.

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In retrospect, the worldwide motherboard shipments were lower than expected in the first quarter of 2013. This was mainly attributed to vendors' inventory stock-up ahead of the Chinese New Year and the still lackluster market demand after the holiday. In the second quarter, as the transition between new and older platforms was hindered by the defects of the 8-series chipsets for Haswell processors, demand for new products in the end-user market was languid. Instead of deploying new products, vendors shifted to put more efforts on digesting their inventories. In the third quarter, the mainstream and entry-level Haswell chipset platforms were launched in time to meet the strong demand during the back-to-school season and China's October holiday. Together with the replacement demand in the enterprise market spurred by Microsoft's rollout of new OS (Operating System) Windows 8.1, the worldwide motherboard market saw a positive growth in shipments in the third quarter of 2013. In the past, the fourth quarter mainly saw vendors adjusting their inventory levels. However, with Microsoft's new OS stimulating replacement demand in the enterprise desktop PC market, contract manufacturers saw further growth in shipment volume when desktop PC branded vendors were stocking inventories. According to an ICT industry research report Worldwide Motherboard Forecast, 2014 - 2018 the worldwide motherboard shipment volume in 2013 reached approximately 143.2 million units, down 2.8% year on year.

In 2014, it is expected that consumers will take a more conservative attitude towards product procurement since the pace of economic recovery in mature markets remains slow and the growth momentum in emerging markets continues to languish. Besides, with drop in prices of notebook PCs and growing popularity of tablets and smartphones, an increasing number of consumers will opt to buy mobile devices, which are relatively low-cost and have a shorter product life cycle. As the impact continues, some motherboard branded vendors have set a cap on their inventory levels to avoid excessive stockpile. It is anticipated that branded vendors will be more cautious when pulling in products from ODM partners.

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In the enterprise market, the transition between new and older OSs and concern over information security will spur replacement demand and therefore bolster the motherboard market in 2014. In the end-user market, constant price decline and the rise of emerging computing devices have helped extend the usage life span of desktop PCs. Overall, the decline in worldwide motherboard industry's shipment volume will be significantly lessened in 2014, with total shipment volume reaching around 142.7 million units, slightly down 0.3% year on year. As emerging markets have become the major markets for motherboards, value-line products will have an increasing share in the industry's shipments. It is projected that the industry's shipment value in 2014 will reach US$6.2 billion, down 0.4% year on year.

Worldwide Desktop PC Forecast, 2014 – 2018: This report presents worldwide PC and worldwide desktop PC market volume per year for the period 2011 - 2018 and per quarter for the period 1Q 2012 - 4Q 2014. Also included are forecasts of worldwide desktop PC market volume and share by region and by CPU connector type. This report also provides comparison of worldwide AIO PC and desktop PC volume, as well as worldwide motherboard and desktop PC market volume. This research finds that the worldwide desktop PC shipment volume, which fell 0.5% year on year in 2013, is forecasted to see milder decline in 2014, mainly due to the strong replacement demand in the enterprise market. In consideration of maintaining employees' productivity, most companies will opt to purchase Windows 7 PCs, instead of the latest touch-control Windows 8.1. However, the penetration rate of touch control AIO PCs is expected to keep growing, as more vendors are developing related technologies at lower costs. The worldwide AIO PC/desktop PC shipment volume ratio is projected to reach 17% in 2018, from around 14% in 2014. The worldwide motherboard/desktop PC shipment volume ratio is projected to remain above 112% during the period 2014 - 2018.

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