SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Intel Corp.'s microprocessor rivals have weathered the storm, but their respective futures remain "uncertain," according to a report from In-Stat/MDR today (Aug. 4).
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) proved to be an able competitor to Intel across all the various market segments, but Transmeta Corp. and Via Technologies Inc. have been niche players at best.
In-Stat/MDR estimates that AMD grew its market share in x86 processors from 16 percent in 2000 to 20 percent in 2001, but dropped back to 16 percent in 2002.
"AMD needs competitive mainstream product and will continue to use its model numbering system to be competitive with Intel's higher-clocking Pentium 4," according to the report. "AMD needs to make its Opteron family a success in order to improve its overall ASP to the point where it can be profitable," it added, referring to the company 64-bit process line.
Via and Transmeta combined held slightly more than 1 percent market share in 2002 and made no substantial gains from 2001. Via's market share should remain stable in 2003 and 2004, but Transmeta will lose share during the product transition from the TM5800 processor line to the next-generation TM8000 MPU.
"Via's challenge for the future will be to chart its own path in systems buses in 2005," according to the report. "Transmeta will require a significant period of time regaining design sockets for the TM8000, as many TM5800 designs have migrated to Pentium M. Transmeta new mobile processors will be under significant ASP pressure."