“Apple is pushing its Bionic A12 chipset to become a general-purpose processor option as well,” McGregor says.
Peddie believes the Qualcomm-powered PCs, often tagged as “Always On PCs,” will begin to find a much bigger market. “People who tried to live on a phone or tablet will flock to this full-fledged Windows machine,” he says. Relying on cellular data networking means “you won’t have to be a Wi-Fi beggar at Starbucks,” he adds.
That’s one road to better sales in 2019, says Peddie. The other? “The PC market has flattened out and is starting to grow again, thanks to the replacement cycle. Companies have stretched the life cycle of current systems about as far as they can.”
For IT integrators selling servers and workstations this year, “flexibility and customization for workloads will be critical,” says McGregor. “There may be 300 to 500 companies designing custom processor packages for machine learning,” he adds, tagging a booming market.
The outlook for processors in 2019? Bigger and faster processors are on the way, smaller processors power Always On PCs, and the market trends upward.
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