Advanced Micro Devices will try to nearly triple its market

Advanced Micro Devices will try to nearly triple its market share in its server segment by the end of the year through high-profile customer wins and tighter relationships with manufacturers.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chipmaker aims to be in 10 percent of the so-called x86 servers by the end of the year, said Ben Williams, vice president of the server/workstation microprocessor business unit in an interview during LinuxWorld Conference on Tuesday. Earlier, the company's goal was to account for about 6 percent to 7 percent of the x86 servers shipped by the end of the year, he said.

In the first quarter, AMD chips were incorporated in about 3.5 percent of the servers shipped in this market. Overall, the company accounts for about 6 percent of the processors shipped into this market, but since servers often contain two or more processors, there is a difference between the number of chips shipped into the market and the number of servers shipped that contain a company's chips.

If successful, AMD could become the second largest provider of server microprocessors, as x86 servers now account for around 90 percent of the servers sold. The growth is largely due to the popularity of the Opteron processor. Sabre, the travel conglomerate, and VeriSign have begun to install servers based around the company's chips, Williams said. The CIA, various government agencies and a Chinese supercomputer company have also adopted the chip.

News source: C|net

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