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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