PC Briefs: Chip sales, Static Control Components

IDC: PC chip sales to rise

Revenue from PC chips will grow faster in 2004 than it did last year as corporate buyers join consumers and mobile users in pushing the market forward, according to a report released by market research firm IDC. The total revenue earned by PC chip companies in 2004 should total $US53.6 billion, up 18 per cent from revenue of $US45.4 million in 2003, IDC’s lead analyst for PC semiconductors, Shane Rau, said. With revenue growth of 10.3 per cent last year was a great result for the industry, especially in the second half of the year, Rau said. This year would see another strong performance from chip companies in the second half as new products from Intel, renewed corporate purchases and increased seasonal demand from consumers drove the market. Intel will release faster versions of its Prescott Pentium 4 processors later this year, and also upgrade its chipset technology with the release of Grantsdale, which will feature the PCI Express inter­connect technology and support for faster memory chips. Revenue from mobile chips will grow 16.1 per cent in 2004, as compared to only 2.9 per cent growth forecast by IDC for desktop chip revenue.

Chips let non-Lexmark cartridges print

Static Control Components (SCC) has begun selling three new chips that allow third-party printer cartridges to work in printers from Lexmark, the latest salvo in a ongoing dispute between the two companies. Lexmark printer cartridges for the T520, T620 and T630 laser printer families use chips to verify that the cartridge is one manufactured by Lexmark, and cartridges from third-party vendors without those chips will not work in Lexmark printers. SCC expected the chips to be available worldwide in a few weeks, international sales manager, Erwin Pijpers, said. The chips would be available to the local market once their legality in Australia had been established, SCC’s Sydney-based distributor, Imaging Solutions, said.