iSuppli: Intel tightens MPU grip in 2Q

September 16, 2009 – Intel expanded its four-year-running dominance of the microprocessor segment in 2Q09, widening its lead by nearly a point-and-a-half over AMD and topping a four-year high in market share, according to the latest numbers from iSuppli.

The global PC market’s tiptoe toward recovery has strengthened demand across all segments (desktops, notebooks, and servers) for newer-generation products; global PC shipments rose 1% during the quarter, noted Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst of compute platforms research for iSuppli. But it’s the notebook sector that’s led the way, the only of the bunch to actually show positive growth Y/Y (13%). Overall PC shipments are still down Y/Y, so revenues across the board went down, too.

Riding a recovery in PC demand, Intel gobbled up 80.6% in global microprocessor revenue, up from 79.1% in 1Q09 and 79.2% in 2Q08, and its highest market share since hitting 82.4% in 3Q05. AMD lost a little bit of ground mainly because its average prices were lower than in 1Q09, noted Wilkins.

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2Q09 microprocessor market share (% of revenue). Includes all types of general-purpose microprocessors, not just X86 devices.



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