Feeds

AMD steals Q1 market share from Intel

VIA, Transmeta did too

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The first three months of the year showed the usual minor adjustments to the world's x86-chip makers' market shares.

AMD came out of Q1 2005 with 16.9 per cent of the x86 CPU market, up less than a third of a percentage point more than Q4 2004. Arch-rival, Intel, lost half a percentage point of market share between the same periods, easing to 81.7 per cent of the market.

The remaining 0.2 percentage points lost by Intel went to VIA and Transmeta, although the latter will soon leave the x86 chip market.

Looking back at Q1 2004, Intel's Q1 2005 share was down 1.8 per cent year on year, while AMD's share was up 1.9 per cent.

Both companies set "new records for their unit volume [shipments]", Mercury principal analyst Dean McCarron said, eWeek reports.

Intel did particularly well in the notebook market, McCarron added, thanks to the Centrino product line refresh it made early in the quarter. "The numbers are indicative of a pretty fundamental change in the PC market" away from desktops to notebooks, he said.

Right now this shift favours Intel, as AMD strives to build momentum around its Turion mobile processors. Leaving to one side the merits of the rival products, Intel's Centrino, takes in the system logic and the wireless support as well as the processor and is a stronger marketing proposition than a brand focused on the processor alone.

That said, performance remains a key metric, and if Turion can take a lead here, AMD may yet carve out a good notebook market share. Alas, initial figures suggest the flip side of performance, battery life, isn't a Turion strong point. ®

Related stories

ATI Tech weakness hands opportunity to Nvidia
Intel feels healthy and dual-core happy
World chip sales continue to rise
Intel snatches mobile graphics lead from ATI
World chip glut halved in Q1
Benchmarks haunt AMD's Turion
AMD market share hits two-year peak

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.