According to the latest news on the web, the weaker demand on the market is most likely to affect giant chip makers like AMD and Intel even more than they originally expected. Both processor manufacturers have recently lowered their previsions for the fourth quarter of the year, but market watchers are reported to forecast lower performance results for the companies.
Moreover, the same voices state that the Santa Clara-based graphics card manufacturer NVIDIA will also be affected by the market downturn. Up until now, the company hasn't announced any change to its originally released previsions for the quarter, yet it is expected to post diminished results as well.
As previously announced, the world's biggest chip maker, Intel, lowered its fourth quarter revenue previsions from the originally expected $10.1-10.9 billion to a new $8.7-9.3 billion forecast. According to market watchers, the revenue should be placed somewhere in the $8.2-8.7 billion range.
At the same time, Advanced Micro Devices has also lowered the fourth quarter revenue forecast to $1.19 billion, but is expected to drop to $1.05 billion. Initially, AMD was rather confident that the weak demand would not affect it too much, and that the results would remain flat from the third quarter.
NVIDIA's fiscal fourth quarter started in November 2008 and will end in January 2009. The company announced that it expects revenue to be lowered by 5 percent and made no adjustment to the prevision. Market watchers now say that the graphics card maker will most likely see a decline of 15 to 20 percent in revenue.
The first quarter of 2009 is expected to lower the revenue results of the three makers even more, which should lead to further workforce adjustments before reaching Q2, market surveyors are reported to have stated.