SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Declaring an uphill victory against archrival Intel Corp., executives at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today cited new market share estimates from Dataquest Inc. that show AMD gaining ground in several desktop computer segments over its much bigger competitor in PC processors.
AMD said its overall PC processor market share in Windows-based desktop computers moved up to 22% in 2001 from 18% in 2000, based on the new Dataquest estimates.
In a breakdown of PC market segments, Sunnyvale-based AMD claimed it gained even more market share in computer systems for small- to medium-sized businesses and in the educational desktop arena in the United States. AMD said its microprocessor share in U.S. small business desktop PCs surged to 37% from 20%, when the fourth quarter of 2001 was compared to Q4 of 2000. In the medium-sized business market, AMD claimed its PC processor share jumped to 28% of the desktop systems sold in Q4 of 2001 vs. 11% in Q4 of 2000.
AMD asserted that its processor market share in U.S. desktop educational markets grew to 17% in Q4 of 2001 from 12% in the fourth quarter of the prior year. And in the U.S. desktop government sector, AMD said its share doubled to 32% in Q4 of 2001.
Outside the U.S. markets, AMD claimed its PC processors grabbed a 42% share in Japanese home computers during 2001. In Western Europe, AMD said its PC processor market share was 41% in home desktop computers, and 28% in the same personal computer segment in Eastern Europe during 2001.
"It is especially significant that we were able to increase market share within a challenging business climate," stated Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMD. "AMD's momentum continues into 2002 with our recent demonstration of our next-generation processor, code-named 'Hammer,' he said, referring to last month's public demo of 64-bit "Hammer" processors running 32- and 64-bit software (see Feb. 26 story). "We expect to begin shipping the first version of the 'Hammer' family of processors at the end of 2002."