General External Environment
The real median income of households in the United States rose by 1.1 percent between 2004 and 2005, from $45,817 to $46,326 and rose in the Northeast (2.9 percent) and in the West (1.5 percent). The last time median income of households experienced an annual increase was in 1999. Compared with 1967, the first year for which household income statistics are available, real median household income has increased 30.9 percent (Appendix 1).
The majority of households have personal computers and Internet access. In 2003, 70 million American households, or 62 percent, had one or more computers, up from 56 percent in 2001. In 1984, the proportion of households with a computer was 8 percent. The total number of households with a computer in 2003 was 69,912,000 (Appendix 2).
In the U.S. and even the world big companies, small businesses, and even personal computer users are all looking for the easiest way to update and integrate their new computer systems. With Opteron, their new product, they gave customers a smooth transition and promised them dramatic improvement in performance, which is what everyone wants. Consumers chose the value and quality of Opteron over the low price of Itanium.
US GDP growth was 4.5 percent in 1999, 3.7 percent in 2000, 0.8... [continues]
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