AMD makes progress against Intel in processor market share

Processor maker AMD has been in a tug of war against its main rival Intel for years in terms of trying to gain market share in the PC market. This week a new report shows that AMD may be making progress in that area. Venture Beat reports that according to a study from IDC, AMD claimed 20.4 percent of the worldwide PC processor market in the second quarter of 2011, up 1.5 percent from the first quarter. Intel still rules with 79.3 percent of the PC market in the second quarter but that is down exactly 1.5 percent from the first quarter of 2011. The article states that AMD made some gains thanks in part to the success of its Fusion processors which combine a CPU with a GPU on one chip.

AMD also made gains in mobile (notebooks) processor market share. It had 15.2 percent of that market in the second quarter of 2011, up 1.8 percent from the first quarter. Intel still controls 84.4 percent of the mobile processor market but that number is down 1.9 percent from the first quarter. Overall units shipments for PC processors were down 2.9 percent in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the first quarter and up 0.6 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

AMD recently announced that it brought in $1.57 billion in revenues in the second quarter and predicted that it would see revenues go up between 8 percent and 12 percent in the current quarter. However the company is still looking for a permanent CEO after ditching its last one, Dirk Meyer, several months ago.

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Intel doesn't need AMD to innovate. Intel has always been an innovation house, Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge, 22nm, 3-D transistors. They are like Apple in that regard. They keep pushing the boundaries of computing just because they can.

They would definately have a bigger share of the pie if intel wasnt in bed with all the OEMs. Its because of that I hardly ever buy pre-made pcs. I always self build em. So much better this way. More for your money.

This shows about intel and amd, but being honest I'm more interested in VIA and ARM market shares ?

I'm a great AMD fan, my first proper gaming rig was an AMD based machine. Good old Socket A!

I'm looking forward to these bulldozer processors!

I used to be a huge AMD fan back about 10 yrs ago. Since about 2003 I've had Intel though. AMD just wasn't living up in performance. But I have to say I decided to try out AMD again this January in my main desktop and I couldn't be happier. Great stuff at a low price.

I really wish AMD give a good competition to Intel.... Its good for consumers..... No competition less innovation

dipsylalapo said,

Really? I think that despite there being little competition Intel are still working there socks off. If AMD did have a larger market share yes there would be even more competition but still think that Intel is pushing itself.

No...without competition, technology would progress slower, prices would be higher (monopoly). Think if there were no AMD, Intel would have probably milked the netburst architecture, and wouldn't have spent millions in R&D to come up with the CPU's we have today. Intel needs competition, they need AMD.

tsupersonic said,
No...without competition, technology would progress slower, prices would be higher (monopoly). Think if there were no AMD, Intel would have probably milked the netburst architecture, and wouldn't have spent millions in R&D to come up with the CPU's we have today. Intel needs competition, they need AMD.

I think what he meant was that even though AMD's market share is small, the current state of competition would be almost no different than if they were neck and neck in market share. Intel has always been on an accelerated developmental schedule and continue to release a new series of processors every year and new architecture every 2-3 years. They have a financial incentive to push limits on R&D because new processors means more upgrades and recurring purchases of their chipsets.

AMD has an upper hand in the coming years with integrated CPU/GPU chipsets (thanks to expertise from ATI Radeon). If they can improve their CPU architecture and provide a stronger competitor to the i5/i7 line, they will see some nice gains and add even more pressure on Intel.

tsupersonic said,
No...without competition, technology would progress slower, prices would be higher (monopoly). Think if there were no AMD, Intel would have probably milked the netburst architecture, and wouldn't have spent millions in R&D to come up with the CPU's we have today. Intel needs competition, they need AMD.

Couldnt have explained it better.... We need both to innovate

dipsylalapo said,

Really? I think that despite there being little competition Intel are still working there socks off. If AMD did have a larger market share yes there would be even more competition but still think that Intel is pushing itself.

Go back to the late nineties and you will find your answer right there.