AMD nabbed notebook share in the third quarter

Mercury Research has computed some processor market share figures for the third quarter of this year, and the results are somewhat surprising. While Intel secured its performance and power efficiency lead in the notebook segment with its mobile Core 2 Duo processors, Mercury Research says the company has actually lost market share to AMD in that sector. Shipments for AMD notebook chips climbed 50% from Q2 to Q3, a rise CNet reckons might be due in part to orders placed ahead of time for rumored AMD-based notebooks from Dell.

Predictably, though, AMD lost ground in the server segment following the introduction of Intel's Xeon 5100 "Woodcrest" processors back in June. In all, AMD held 23.3% of the market for desktop, server, and notebook processors in the third quarter, compared to 76.1% for Intel. Those numbers show a dramatic rise in popularity for AMD, which only had 17.7% of the market in the third quarter of 2005.

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