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Intel hits CPU market share high

Intel hits CPU market share high

Despite a drop in sales, Intel has increased its market share to a four-year high - but that's sadly not enough to keep Gelsinger.

Research firm iSuppli has released figures showing Intel storming ahead in the CPU marketplace, with the company's market share hitting a four-year high in Q2 2009 despite a still-struggling economy.

As reported over on CNet, the figures show Intel making a 1.4 percent gain year-on-year in the second quarter of 2009, hitting a massive 80.6 percent market share - its biggest for the past four years.

The gains come at the cost of a 0.4 percent drip in rival AMD's share as the smaller company feels the pressure from Intel's increasingly popular Nehalem-based i5 and Xeon ranges along with the netbook staple Atom low-power range. A further 0.9 percent of the market came from other companies including smartphone CPU specialist ARM.

While the gains in market share have come from all sectors, the slow global economy has lead to a drop in almost all sales - except in the notebook sector, which has seen a faintly surprising 13 percent rise year-on-year. Whether this is largely due to the increasing popularity of low-cost netbooks - classed as notebooks for the purposes of iSuppli's report - isn't known.

Despite overall shipments dropping in the past twelve months, the increased market share should be cause for celebration over at Intel. Sadly, however, not everyone is happy: V3.co.uk is reporting that Intel is planning major changes in its board-level executives, with senior vice president Pat Gelsinger due to leave the company for a role at enterprise storage specialist EMC after this year's Intel Developer Forum. The company's general counsel, Bruce Sewell, is also moving to pastures new.

As part of the reshuffle, Intel will be creating a new business unit dubbed the Intel Architecture Group, which aims to provide a top-down integration of all the company's product-focused divisions.

Do you believe that Intel deserves the gain in market share, or will AMD make up the difference - and more - in the coming quarter? Which chip brand are you currently recommending to your friends? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Kenny_McCormick 15th September 2009, 11:27 Quote
They deserve their succes, but that worries me. I'd like to see AMD to be more competitive, or even a third company. Only a great company isn't good for customers.
Star*Dagger 15th September 2009, 12:21 Quote
The EU needs to look into this, start an EU based x86 processor company to compete with Intel and to a much less extent AMD
p3n 15th September 2009, 12:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kenny_McCormick
They deserve their succes, but that worries me. I'd like to see AMD to be more competitive, or even a third company. Only a great company isn't good for customers.

Software however thrives on a closed hardware system - OSX for example...
Dave Lister 15th September 2009, 12:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kenny_McCormick
They deserve their succes, but that worries me. I'd like to see AMD to be more competitive, or even a third company. Only a great company isn't good for customers.

Totaly agree with kenny

Also i think there needs to be a few more x86 licensees around if intel want to slow down the looming threat of parallel processing. Which you can get with windows 7 i believe, using an nvidia dx10 card.
wuyanxu 15th September 2009, 14:36 Quote
0.9% drop on ARM processors? which smartphone maker is stupid enough to put a full x86 processor into their phone.

i think the only reason they seem to have improved market share is due to the high popularity of netbooks, helped a lot by the economic crisis.
HourBeforeDawn 15th September 2009, 20:02 Quote
to be honest I am surprised its so high considering how everything from intel has been so way over priced especially in the way this world economy has been, I know at my work where we build custom systems for people we sell about on average 8 out of 10 that are AMD rigs, we hardly sell Intel do to the much higher price difference. But ehh given what AMD has around the corner and how they have greatly improved their design I think they can only go up so it will be interesting when their next gen CPUs hit. :)
perplekks45 15th September 2009, 20:09 Quote
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The gains come at the cost of a 0.4 percent drip in rival AMD's share as the smaller company feels the pressure from Intel's increasingly popular Nehalem-based i5...
Shouldn't that be i7?

Anyway, 80+ per cent is a damn big number! Some people at Intel must have sore shoulder blades from getting patted on the back too much.
thehippoz 15th September 2009, 20:21 Quote
yeah hour.. the bang for the buck comes when you oc intels desktop chips
BLC 16th September 2009, 08:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
yeah hour.. the bang for the buck comes when you oc intels desktop chips

Precisely why I went for the E5200 in my last build, against my preference for AMD. 2.5ghz to 3.0ghz on a stock air cooler? Yes please.
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