PC processors are the latest tech segment bouncing back from the recession.Third-quarter shipments of computer processors, or CPUs, climbed 23 percent over the second quarter of 2009, doubling typical growth and setting a record for sequential growth, according to an IDC report released Monday.Revenue from processor sales also bounced back to hit $7.4 billion, a 14 percent gain over the second quarter, according to IDC's "Worldwide PC Processor 3Q09 Vendor Shares" report.IDC viewed the record levels in shipments as a promising sign in economic recovery."Most meaningful about 3Q09 is that, since PC processor shipments overall just slightly exceeded shipments in 3Q08--which was itself a record quarter at the time--we know that the processor market is recovering," Shane Rau, IDC's director of semiconductors for personal computing research, said in a statement.With the popularity of Netbooks, mobile processors such as Intel's Atom chip drove much of the growth. Shipments of the mobile CPUs jumped 35.7 percent over the second quarter, while desktop processor shipments rose 11.4 percent sequentially. Since mobile processors are cheaper than their desktop counterparts, their growth in revenue trailed the growth in shipments.
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