News From Asia

There are lots of developments more or less important to IT this morning:

  • “HDD shipments in 2012 for the overall computer market, including PCs, are forecast to reach 524 million units, up 4.3% from 502.5 million units in 2011, according to IHS iSuppli.”

    via Hard drive shipments rebound to record level in 2012, says IHS.

  • “Qualcomm has announced the addition of two new Snapdragon S4 mobile processors: the MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q. Both are members of the Snapdragon S4 Play processor tier, optimized specifically for smartphone users. Snapdragon S4 Play processors will now offer OEMs both dual-core and quad-core CPUs and performance for entry-level smartphones, with the more advanced version featuring higher bus bandwidth, larger screen resolution support, HD video and enhanced user experiences, according to the vendor. Both processors will be ready for customer sampling by end of 2012 and are expected to be shipping in commercial devices in the first quarter of 2013.”

    via Qualcomm announces new quad-core Snapdragon S4 processors with reference design counterpart for smartphones.

  • “Notebook vendors including Acer, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Asustek Computer, Toshiba and Samsung Electronics will decrease the number of models they will launch in 2013 by 20% on average, according to Taiwan-based notebook chassis, thermal module and battery pack makers.

    The reduction in the number of models is because growth in global demand is slowing down and there have been more notebook platforms, the sources indicated.”

    via Notebook vendors to offer fewer models in 2013, say Taiwan component makers.

  • “ODMs began to stop shipments of Windows 7 notebooks in mid-September”

    via Notebook shipments significantly increase sequentially in September, say ODMs.

So, life goes on. Hard drives are thriving and the prices are a bit higher than they were before the disaster in Thailand. Things are more valuable when everyone fears losing them.

Wintel marches on with much of the world’s production supporting the monopoly. There will be a shock this time. All this stock flooding the channels will not sell because no one wants M$’s “innovation” of putting a smart phone GUI on a desktop PC just as many don’t want Canonical to do that with Ubuntu GNU/Linux. I predict as Christmas approaches OEMs and M$ will have panic-meetings to discuss a hasty “service pack” or huge “educational” campaign to revise things. You can bet discussion will centre on who pays for what. This will be the last time OEMs bet the farm on Wintel and many will begin shipping GNU/Linux and Android/Linux on all kinds of stuff, possibly for Christmas but certainly in a big way in 2013.

In August, just a couple of months before “8”‘s release, Wikimedia was showing,
“Windows NT 6.2 283 M 0.19%”

In August of 2009, Wikimedia was showing,
“Windows NT 6.1 41,850 1.12%”

Chuckle. Do you think a factor of five lower uptake will get OEMs and retailers’ notice? I do. They had a wake-up call with Vista. This will make Thailand seem like a footnote in IT-history.

UPDATE Here’s an article supporting my thesis about M$’s potential failure with “8”:
M$’s Long Term Windows Strategy May Backfire say Analysts

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to News From Asia

  1. kozmcrae says:

    Looks like bad news for Windows 8. I thought Microsoft had all the analysts in their pocket. Guess they must have missed one.

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