The notebook PC business continued to be a key contributor to Intel’s overall revenue. In the last quarter of 2020, the Santa Clara-based chipmaker earned a whopping 24.9 billion from the CCG (Client Computing Group) notebook platform, an increase of nearly 20% YoY. In comparison, the CCG desktop platform brought in just $10.6 billion, a drop of roughly 1 billion compared to the same quarter last year.
That essentially means that the notebook platform was 2.4x more lucrative than the DIY oriented desktop platform. Keep in mind that this segment also includes pre-builds and other OEM PCs as well.
In terms of volume, Intel’s notebook market grew by 28% but saw a modest drop of 6% in the ASP (average selling price), likely due to the increased competition from AMD’s Renoir products. In contrast, the desktop sales fell by 11% but saw an increase of 2% in the ASP, a result of the rapid adoption of the newer Comet Lake-S CPUs.
Overall, the notebook platform was the most important business for Intel, bringing in the most revenue and account for around 32% of the overall earnings, beating the Data Center Group by nearly 2 billion. In comparison, the desktop platform accounted for just over 13% of the quarterly revenue, explaining the company’s notebook-first approach over the last few years: