Intel hits CPU market share high

September 15, 2009 | 10:02

Tags: #cpu #emc #market-share #pat-gelsinger

Companies: #amd #arm #intel

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: 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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