AMD market share reaches all-time high

Written by Tim Smalley

July 31, 2006 // 11:12 a.m.

Tags: #amd #core #cpu #desktop #intel #market #notebook #opteron #pentium #q2 #quarter #second #server #share #woodcrest

AMD has achieved its highest ever market share in the CPU market in the second quarter, according to data released by Mercury Research.

Despite processor shipments decreasing by 7% quarter-over-quarter, AMD managed to increase its market share to 22% at the expense of Intel.

Intel's share slipped to 73%, despite the chip giant aggressively cutting the prices on its Pentium 4 and Pentium D processors. With Intel's recently announced Core 2 processors, analysts expect the decline to slow and for Intel to gain market share in the desktop market.

The server market is probably AMD's strongest point. Its Opteron X2 processor shipments increased by 45% over the previous quarter, giving AMD 33% of total server market revenue. As a result of this, Intel's market share declined by 5%.

International Business Times believes that Intel's new Woodcrest chip will not help Intel's server market share for a while because it takes a lot longer for companies to adopt new technology.

Intel's strongest showing was in the notebook market, where the company managed to increase the share from 86.3% to 86.7% quarter-on-quarter. AMD's unit share declined by 0.3% to 13.3% as a result of Intel's gains.

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