IDC: AMD takes processor market share from Intel

By on January 26, 2010, 9:45 AM
The x86 processor market seems to be doing quite well emerging from recession and returning to normal seasonal patterns. While shipments had already shown a significant increase in Q3 2009, the industry had an even more impressive quarter at the end of the year. According to recent figures from IDC, almost 96 million units were dispatched during this period, making up for a record 31.3% year-on-year growth.

Intel's dominance in terms of market share was clear, with 80.5% of the CPU market in the fourth quarter, but rival AMD seems to have done especially well nonetheless. The company saw gains all across the board: in desktops, AMD gained 1.2% to take 28.6% of the market, while Intel slipped 1.1% to take 71.1%. On the mobile sector Intel was down 0.7% to 87.3% and AMD up 0.8% to take 12.7%. The pattern was repeated in the server and workstation market, where Intel took 89.8%, down 0.6%, and AMD was up 0.6% to 10.2%.

For the full year, Intel had a 79.7% share of the processor market, down 0.7%, while AMD gained 0.8% to secure a 20.1% share. IDC attributes AMD's "comeback" to aggressive pricing and a drop in demand for Intel's Atom in Q1 2009. The company also introduced several competitive products during the year. And while their chips couldn't match Intel's in performance, they offered good value in the mainstream and entry level markets.

IDC is now forecasting a healthy growth of 15.1% in worldwide PC processor shipments for 2010, with healthy consumer spending boosted by companies loosening up their IT budgets.

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compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I hope AMD keeps the pressure on. If they do, everyone will benefit.

Guest said:


btw thanks for a big image

unrealmp3 unrealmp3 said:

My system might not be a Core i7, but my Phenom is running at a level of performance that I am comfortable with, especially for the price.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Good news all round, except for Intel I guess.

AMD needs to get their thumb out of their collective butts and get Thuban up and running. Until AMD get true competition (and I don't mean on a price/performance ratio) for Intels 870 - 980X CPU's we are still going to a massive price discrepency between those parts and the i7 920 /i5 750 and lower binned SKU's.

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

AMD Gogogo

I'm loving my Athlon II X4 620

Puiu Puiu said:

Although i'm happy AMD is doing well, it's still sad when you look at the numbers. With 80% of the market share intel doesn't have a care in the world.

alexandrionel said:

What do you think are the chances of seing AMD products like laptops and smartphones and tablets, during the next few years?

They already make motherboards, cpu's and gpu's.

quantum576 said:

Not likely. I would think that they would like to keep their overhead down and focus on gaining more market share from Intel.

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