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China’s Top Computer Server Manufacturer Suffered Major Profit Decline

Well-known Chinese news site Sina (NASDAQ: SINA) recently reported that, with the advent of the artificial intelligence era, the traditional CPU server market has gradually shrunk, and new AI servers have soared. However, Inspur Information is subject to tight supply of GPUs, and it has not been able to jump onto the bandwagon. According to the global server market report for the third quarter of 2022 released by Gartner, Inspur ranked first in China, and second in the world, after Dell, with a global market share of 10.3 percent. However, in the first half of this year, Inspur’s server revenue fell by 29.03 percent year-over-year. Its net profit in the second quarter of this year suffered a year-over-year decrease of 81.46 percent. Inspur explained that its server product revenue was “affected by factors such as the tight supply of global GPUs and related special chips.” With the short supply of AI chips by Nvidia and Intel, the company emphasized that “the raw materials of the domestic server industry are currently mainly imported.” If there are major changes in supply, it will have an impact. Inspur’s server products are highly dependent on upstream chip suppliers. The company’s 2019 annual report showed that Intel and Nvidia are its top two suppliers respectively. Since 2020, Inspur has no longer published information about its main suppliers.

Source: Sina, September 7, 2023