Intel remained the leader in
microprocessor sales but its share slipped to 65.3 percent of the MPU
market compared to 67.3 percent in 2011 and 68.6 percent in 2010, based
on IC Insights’ analysis of suppliers. AMD’s share of microprocessor
sales fell to 6.4 percent in 2012, compared to 8.2 percent in 2011 and
9.6 percent in 2010, according to the new ranking. Slowing sales of
legacy PCs caused AMD to announce in late 2012 that it would be the
first MPU supplier sell microprocessors built with x86 and ARM
architectures—initially for server computers—starting in 2014.
$56.5 billion microprocessor market continued to be the largest single
semiconductor product category in 2012, accounting for 22 percent of
total IC sales, IC Insights said. But microprocessor sales growth
slowed to 2 percent in 2012 following a strong 19 percent increase in
2011, according to the firm. IC Insights forecasts that the market for
MPUs will increase by 10 percent in 2013 to reach $62 billion.
2012, strong increases in mobile application processors used in
cellphones and tablet PCs offset a 6 percent decline in MPU sales for
desktop and notebook PCs, servers, and embedded-processor applications,
IC Insights said. Between 2012 and 2017, total MPU sales are projected
to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent, reaching $97.7
billion in 2017.