Intel confirms PC off life support

Rumours of the personal computer's death appear to have been greatly exaggerated. CPU manufacturer Intel yesterday reported better than expected second quarter earnings, driven by a stabilising PC industry.

By Alex Choros

Rumours of the personal computer's death appear to have been greatly exaggerated. CPU manufacturer Intel yesterday reported better than expected second quarter earnings, driven by a stabilising PC industry.

Dan Anderson, tablet marketing manager for Intel in Australia and New Zealand, said that while tablets may be the latest trend, traditional PC growth has gone from negative back to positive. "People have realised the PC is a still a device you need," Anderson said "it's still the best device for productivity".

Anderson partly attributed this to the increasing popularity of 2-in-1 devices. "The PC as you knew it of four years ago is being replaced by quite a beautiful device".

Notebook chip sales (including 2-in-1 devices) and desktop chip sales increased by 9% and 7% respectively from Q2 2013 to Q2 2014.

Source: Intel

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