Strong sales of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors helped it gain market share in the global chip space, according to IHS iSuppli, which also said AMD's Fusion strategy is seeing positive results.
by solid PC demand among corporations and strong sales of chips based on its
Sandy Bridge architecture, grew its already substantial lead in the global
processor market to 81.8 percent, according to market research firm IHS
In a Sept. 28
report, IHS iSuppli analysts said Intel grew its market share by 1.1 percentage
points, while Advanced Micro Devices saw its share fall by the same amount, to
10.4 percent. However, the analysts said that both Intel and AMD
are seeing positive results
due to their respective architectures that they launched at the beginning of
the year-Sandy Bridge for Intel and Fusion for AMD.
both Intel and AMD have said that the ramps of their newest chips have been
among the fastest in their companies' histories. In July, Intel President and
CEO Paul Otellini said that this year, two-thirds of the chips the company will
sell will be based on Sandy Bridge. Days later, AMD CFO Thomas Seifert, who was
interim CEO at the time, said the company had sold 3 million Brazos Fusion chips
lightweight notebooks and netbooks-in the first quarter, and another 6 million
in the second. The ramp for AMD's "Llano" A-Series Fusion accelerated
processing units (APUs) for mainstream systems was expected to be
of the APUs demonstrate that we have the right strategy," Seifert said in July.
Both the Sandy
Bridge and Fusion architectures offer high-level graphics and CPUs integrated
onto the same piece of silicon.
"Intel in the
second quarter benefited from the combination of a recovery in PC demand and
strong shipment growth for its new Sandy Bridge line of microprocessors,"
Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms research at IHS
iSuppli, said in a statement. "Strong corporate PC sales were particularly
beneficial to Intel, as the enterprise computing segment has been outperforming
the consumer market."
PC market has seen a slowdown in sales, enough to make analyst firms like IDC
and Gartner reduce their projections for this year and 2012. In addition, IDC
analysts in August also reduced their overall processor shipment forecasts
due to slowing PC sales and economic issues. It's been consumer sales that have
been particularly slow-dragged down by such issues as the rise in the
popularity of tablets and concerns about the global economy-while commercial
sales have continued to be strong.
said corporate IT departments are driving PC sales as they look to refresh
their systems. This helped Intel, which gets a significant portion of its chip
revenues from the commercial market, according to IHS iSuppli.
iSuppli's report found that while the worldwide PC market struggled in the
first quarter, it returned to growth in the second quarter, with shipments
hitting 85.6 million units, a jump of 3.7 percent from the same three months in
2010. That growth in PC sales fueled a 10 percent increase in global processor
revenue during that time span, with revenue reaching $10.8 billion, up from $9.8
billion in last year's second quarter.
Intel also has
been helped by the decision to increase production of its Sandy Bridge chips,
the analyst firm said.
APUs helped the company stop the string of three quarters of sequential
shipment decreases, according to IHS iSuppli.
were powered up by Fusion microprocessors, which delivers improved
computational performance. It also provides PCs with DirectX 11 graphics
capability without the need for a discrete graphics card," Wilkins said.