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Intel will see strong growth for its x86 chips in mobile PC and servers, with moderate growth for desktop PC processors over the next several years, reports In-Stat.

Overall, shipments of Intel processors will rise from 153 million units in 2004 to 241 million in 2009, the high-tech market research firm says.

“Key trends will be shifts to dual-core processors for PCs, and multi-core processors for servers, to increase performance while maintaining or decreasing chip power consumption,” says Jim McGregor, In-Stat analyst.

“ASPs for all platforms have increased with the economic recovery and will continue to increase with these shifts before price degradation begins.”

A recent report by In-Stat found a shift to low-cost PC processors to further reduce the cost of PCs and address the needs of emerging markets will continue.

In addition, the report said the mobile IA-32 architecture will be the technology driver for all PCs and IA-32 server processors beginning in 2H06.

The report also found that a new generation of processors that feature on-chip, core-to-core communication and shared cache, will make inroads.

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