AMD's PC processor share didn't budge last quarter


— 3:40 PM on May 5, 2011

Well, if you were expecting the Sandy Bridge chipset bug and subsequent suspension of shipments to help AMD last quarter, guess again. According to IDC's first-quarter market share numbers for the PC microprocessor market, AMD's piece of the pie has barely changed in size since a year ago.

Here are the dirty details, all pulled from IDC's reports for the current quarter, Q4 2010, and Q1 2010.

  Q1 2010 Q4 2010 Q1 2011
Intel 81.0% 80.8% 80.8%
AMD 18.8% 18.9% 18.9%

No, that's not a typo; the share numbers for the last two quarters are indeed identical, at least based on what IDC printed in its press release.

To AMD's credit, the chipmaker has purportedly grown its share of mobile PC processor shipments from 12.1% to 13.4% since last year. However, its share of server CPU shipments has tumbled from 9.8% to 6.1%, and its desktop share fell from 28% to 27.4% over the same time period. Intel has the remainder, with Via snatching a small fraction of a percent in each arena.

It's nice to see AMD find some success in the mobile space, especially given the competitiveness of its Brazos platform, but there's clearly more work to be done on the other fronts. Perhaps the arrival of Llano and Bulldozer-based processors later this year will help turn the tables for the underdog.

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