SAN FRANCISCO—Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. experienced virtually no change in their market share of the global microprocessor market as second quarter microprocessor sales improved dramatically from the historic lows of the second quarter of 2009, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Second quarter global microprocessor revenue totaled $9.9 billion, up 6 percent from the first quarter and up 34 percent compared to the dismal second quarter of 2009, when PC sales endured a severe decline, according to iSuppli (El Segundo, Calif.)
By comparison, second quarter PC shipments were up nearly 23 percent compared with the first quarter of 2009, iSuppli sad.
Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) held 80.4 percent of the microprocessor market in the second quarter, up slightly from 803 percent in the previous quarter and down from a four-year high of 80.7 percent in the second quarter of 2009, according to iSuppli. AMD, meanwhile, had 11.5 percent market share in the second quarter, roughly unchanged from the year-ago quarter, the market research firm said. AMD's share declined from 11.7 percent in the first quarter, iSuppli said.
In a statement, Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms research at iSuppli, said the static market share situation might suggest that the second quarter was an uneventful quarter in terms of competition between Intel and AMD.
"However, with the market undergoing rapid growth and fast technological development, the fact that the companies have largely retained their positions indicates they are competing furiously for every tenth of a point of market share," Wilkins said.
ISuppli said the second quarter showed that technology evolved significantly over the past 12 months. About 38 percent of notebook PC microprocessors shipped in the second quarter were graphics-enabled microprocessors, up significantly from 2009, according to data from iSuppli’s PC Technology Penetration Forecast.
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