Report: Llano to ship in large numbers, boost AMD share

— 9:36 AM on April 26, 2011

AMD has set rather bold targets for shipments of Llano accelerated processing units, if a report by DigiTimes is to be believed. The report says, according to anonymous sources at motherboard manufacturers, the chipmaker hopes to ship three million Llano processors next quarter, reportedly making Llano account for 40% of its total third-quarter processor shipments.

That sounds like an impressive figure, especially considering Llano is the first AMD processor based on GlobalFoundries' 32-nm manufacturing process. AMD is also cooking up 32-nm Zambezi chips derived from the Bulldozer architecture, but Llano has already started shipping, and as far as we've heard, Zambezi has not. Also, Llano seems to be targeted at the consumer market, while Zambezi sounds like more of a top-of-the-line offering.

Interestingly, DigiTimes' sources have equally lofty expectations for Llano. They say they chip "will have a great chance to raise AMD's share in CPU market from around 20% in 2010 to 30%." I'm assuming that refers to the chipmaker's desktop share, since its slice of the overall CPU market added up to just 10.9% in the fourth quarter of last year, at least by iSuppli's count. Still, DigiTimes' sources sound like they expect Llano to put up a decent fight against Sandy Bridge.

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