AMD saw its worldwide chip revenue market share grow by 1.6 percentage points to 12.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, says iSuppli. AMD took some share from both Intel and smaller rivals, but Intel continued to dominate, with an 80.6 percent share.
Advanced Micro Devices picked up some market share in the worldwide
microprocessor space in the fourth quarter of 2009, taking some away from rival
Intel as well as from the smaller players, according to market research company
In a report issued March 31, iSuppli said AMD
saw its market share in microprocessor revenue grow to 12.1 percent, a jump of
1.6 percentage points over the same period in 2008 and a .28 percentage point
increase over its market share in the third quarter 2009.
Intel's dominance continued with an 80.6 percent share, a drop
of 1 percentage point from the fourth quarter in 2008 and a .1 percentage point
gain over the third period in 2009, according to iSuppli.
Collectively, smaller suppliers garnered a 7.3 percent market
share, down .6 points from the fourth quarter in 2008.
For all of 2009, both Intel and AMD
saw their market share stay fairly stable, with Intel picking up .3 points and AMD
.2 points compared with all of 2008, according to iSuppli analyst Matthew
"This is an interesting development because PC Average
Selling Prices (ASPs) dropped significantly during the course of 2009-especially
for notebooks." Wilkins said in a statement. "So, the fact that AMD
and Intel virtually maintained their market share at the annual level shows
that neither supplier was overly punished by the dropping ASPs. It also
indicates that neither was able to capitalize on the situation very
Throughout the global recession of 2009, both Intel and AMD
aggressively pursued their product road maps, rolling out a host of PC and
server chips that offered increasingly better performance, improved energy
efficiency metrics and more processing cores.
That has continued into the first quarter of 2010, most
recently over the past two days, with AMD
unveiling its eight- to 12-core Opteron
server processors and Intel rolling out its
four- to eight-core Xeon
7500 "Nehalem EX" chips
for systems with four or more sockets.
On March 16, Intel launched its six-core Xeon
5600 "Westmere EP" processors
for servers with two sockets. AMD
will launch its "Lisbon"
Opterons in the second quarter, aimed at the one- and two-socket server space.