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Intel takes 80.6% of Q2 microprocessor market

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microprocessor? Intel market share? PC market?

By capitalizing on a slight recovery in PC demand in Q2 09, Intel Corp. grew its global microprocessor market share to levels not seen in nearly four years.

Intel in Q2 09 accounted for 80.6 percent of global microprocessor revenue, up 1.4 points from 79.1 percent during the same period in 2008, and a 1.5 point rise from Q1 09. This gave the company the largest share of global microprocessor revenue since it claimed 82.4 percent of revenue in Q3 05.

"Intel benefited as the global PC market took a first small step toward recovery in the second quarter, with global shipments rising by 1 percent from the first quarter," said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst of compute platforms research for iSuppli. "However, with PC shipments still down compared to a year earlier, Intel actually suffered a decline in microprocessor revenue compared to a year earlier, as did chief rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc."

In Q2 09 Intel enjoyed strong demand for its new-generation products across all segments, including desktops, notebooks and servers. However, in the overall PC market, only the notebook segment produced growth compared to Q2 08, at 13 percent. Both the desktop PC and entry-level server segments declined on a year-over basis.

In contrast, AMD lost 0.4 percentage points of market share compared to a year earlier, and declined by 1.4 points of share on a sequential basis from Q1 09.

"AMD didn't benefit from the small sequential rise in PC sales because its average microprocessor pricing was lower than that from Q1 09," Wilkins said.

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