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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.
Amid bleak outlook for downstream vendors, uncertainties surrounding the US-China trade tension, factory relocation and exchange rate volatility, global smartphone AP shipments may experience further decline in 2019, down two years in row, according to Digitimes Research estimates.
According to Digitimes Research, Taiwan-based server vendors, including suppliers of motherboards, end systems, storage devices and related network equipment, continue to enjoy growth in 2018. In terms of volume, global server shipments will show continuing growth throughout 2018 and 2019.
This Digitimes Research Special Report offers global shipment forecasts for three major mobile device market segments - smartphones, notebooks and tablets - for the year 2019 and beyond. It gives in-depth analyses of their respective market outlooks, with shipment forecasts extending to 2023.