SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Intel Corp. gained share in the microprocessor market in the slightly depressed first quarter of 2010, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).
In Q1, Intel earned 81. percent unit market share, a gain of 0.5 percent, according to IDC. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) earned 18.8 percent, a loss of 0.6 percent, and Via Technologies earned 0.2 percent in the quarter, according to the firm.
In Q1 by form factor, Intel earned 87.8 percent share in the mobile PC processor segment, a gain of 0.5 percent, according to IDC. AMD finished the quarter with 12.1 percent, a loss of 0.6 percent, and Via earned 0.1 percent, according to the firm.
In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 90.2 percent market share, a gain of 0.4 percent and AMD earned 9.8 percent, a loss of 0.4 percent, according to IDC. In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel earned 71.7 percent, a gain of 0.6 percent, AMD earned 28.0 percent, a loss of 0.7 percent, and Via earned 0.3 percent, according to IDC.
Worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments in the first calendar quarter of 2010 fell 5.6 percent, compared to Q4 of 2009, according to IDC. ''A decline between a calendar year's fourth quarter and the next calendar year's first quarter is typical of seasonal demand patterns but this decline is less than normal,'' according to the firm.
When compared to Q1, shipments in Q1 2010 rose 39.0 percent. Total market revenue in 1Q '10 fell 2.0 percent compared to 4Q09 and rose 40.4 percent compared to 1Q09, according to the firm.
"PC processor shipments typically decline around 7 to 8 percent going from fourth quarter to first quarter," said Shane Rau, an analyst from IDC, in a statement. "A decline of 5.6 percent is modest and wouldn't mean much by itself. However, after the huge rise in shipments we saw in the fourth quarter, it adds more credibility to market recovery and that the PC industry anticipates improvement in PC end demand in 2010."
IDC's forecast for worldwide PC processor unit growth in 2010 is 15.1 percent. "IDC will be watching 2Q10 very closely," said Rau. "Specifically, we'll be watching for the expected improvement in corporate IT spending and talking to PC component suppliers to make sure that, after a long period of anemic capital expenditures, they believe end demand is solid and are bringing new capacity online."