Intel has announced its Q2 earnings, smashing the estimates given by analysts and beating the PC market expectations.
The chip giant published massive profits of $2.8 billion from a total revenue of $13.8 billion, up 40% in comparison to the same period last year. Intel also announced that its next-generation Broadwell chips were beginning to ship to hardware manufacturers, on track for a holiday 2014 launch...
Despite news often to the contrary in the PC sector, Intel boasted strong sales to businesses. "The installed base of PCs that are at least four years old is now roughly 600 million units, and we are seeing clear signs of a refresh in the enterprise and small and medium businesses," said Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich in a conference call.
Somewhat surprisingly Intel also revealed that Chromebooks account for almost 6% of all laptops sold in 2014, suggesting a growing popularity for the basic Chrome OS-powered devices.
It’s in the high-end processors that the real interest lies though, with the upcoming 14nm Broadwell chips expected to be available towards the end of the year. Following on from here, the next-generation Skylake architecture is due in 2015
The news comes hot on the heels of last weekend’s piece that the PC gaming hardware market is worth twice the entire console market combined. More gamers picking up mid to high-range builds was cited as the reason, while the PC gaming market continues to grow at a rapid rate.
Do you feel like PC gaming is on the up right now? Are you going to pick up a Broadwell processor or are you holding out for Skylake next year? Let us know!