Intel Corp. regained several percentage points of microprocessor market share over Advanced Micro Devices in the second quarter, according to two separate analyst reports.
Joe Osha, principal semiconductor analyst for Merrill-Lynch, estimated that AMD lost market share to Intel in Q2 '02, dropping to 18% share from 22% the preceding period.
Mercury Research, Scottsdale, Ariz., also reported that the AMD processor share in second quarter unit shipments excluding Intel's Xbox sales dropped to 16.5% from 19.2% the previous period. Intel's share grew in the quarter to 81.7% from79.8%. Including Xbox shipments, Intel's share grew to 82.8% from 80.8% in the first quarter. AMD's share on this basis dropped to 15.6% from 21.8%.
Dean McCarron, prncipal analyst at Mercury Research, claimed both AMD and Intel shipped fewer processors in the second quarter than the prior period. "It's just that the decline was less steep for Intel than for AMD, so they grew market share," he added.
McCarron also said notebook processors remained stronger than desktop chips in the second quarter, which is an area where Intel has far greater presence than AMD.