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The year 2011 saw the motherboard industry reverse its trend of declining shipments year-on-year, to post a slight 0.2% growth. This upturn in fortunes was expected and came largely as the result of the improving global economy, but two major events, the recall of Intel's B2 stepping version of its new 6-series chipsets in the early part of the year, and the major flooding in Thailand which disrupted a significant proportion of the world's hard disk drive manufacturing facilities in the second half, both impacted demand for PCs through the year, which is why total shipments for the year, 102.2 million units, were only slightly above the previous year's total of 101.99 million units.
In 2018, global server shipments will grow 8.5% to reach 13.73 million units. Digitimes Research estimates server shipments worldwide will grow at a CAGR of 6.5% during the period 2017-2022, with growth mainly driven by large-scale data centers and the China market.
Digitimes Research estimates total shipments of smartphone APs worldwide will grow 1.5% on year to 1.67 billion units in 2018. The slowing growth in the smartphone market means global smartphone AP shipments will only grow at a mild pace in the next few years, reaching 1.77 billion units in 2021.