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Philippines PC Market Posts Record Shipments in 3Q 2011, Says IDC

Source: IDC Asia/Pacific Quarterly PC Tracker 3Q 2011

In 3Q 2011, IDC recorded an increase of PC shipments for the third straight quarter to 498,000 units. The uptrend can be attributed to the portables segment which grew 13% from the previous quarter while total desktop shipments remained stagnant at 189,000 units. In addition, all major PC vendors posted better mininotebook shipments as consumers responded positively to further price reductions — some as low as PhP 9,999. Channel expansion and inventory loading also boosted overall shipment numbers. Overall, the Philippines PC market increased by 7% sequentially and 25% year-on-year.

Price-sensitivity is still a major characteristic of the local retail market. According to Ng Juan Jin, Market Analyst for Client Devices Research at IDC ASEAN, “The popularity of mininotebooks is evidence of end users prioritizing affordability over more advanced specifications. The surge in shipments indicates that first time users are content with the functionality of mininotebooks. And, given the relatively low adoption rate of PCs and the large low-income segment in the Philippines, there is still growth potential for mininotebooks provided prices remain low relative to other competing IT devices.” Sequential and year-on-year growth rates for mininotebooks are at 29% and 36% respectively. He adds, “AMD’s new processors are also increasingly popular among MNCs that are looking to diversify their model lineup while keeping prices low.”
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Seagate completes acquisition of Samsung’s Hard Disk Drive business

Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions, today announced the closing of the transaction to acquire the hard disk drive (HDD) business of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology.

Under the terms of the transaction, Seagate has gained select elements of Samsung’s HDD business, including assets, infrastructure and employees that enable Seagate to drive scale and innovation. These assets include Samsung’s leading M8 product line of high-capacity, 2.5-inch HDDs. Samsung employees joining Seagate include a number of senior managers and design-engineering employees from Samsung’s Korea facility, who will focus on development of small form-factor products for the mobile compute market. N.Y. Park, senior vice president and general manager, will oversee Seagate’s product development activities in Korea and serve as country manager of the Korea design center, reporting to Bob Whitmore, Seagate’s executive vice president and CTO.
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