AMD market share sees short-term drop, long-term rise

The microprocessor market has been especially turbulent lately, with AMD forced to price its Phenom processors out of the high end in a bid to remain competitive. How has the situation affected AMD's and Intel's market shares? iSuppli has posted numbers that say AMD managed to increase its market share between the first quarter of 2007 and the first quarter of 2008, but on the flip side, it lost ground between Q4'07 and Q1'08.

iSuppli says AMD had 13% of the global microprocessor market (which includes non-x86 CPUs) in the first quarter of this year, while Intel was sitting pretty with 79.70% of the market. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2007, AMD's piece of the pie has shrunk: the company had a 14.1% share to Intel's 78.5% then. However, AMD only had 10.9% of the CPU market to Intel's 80.4% in the first quarter of 2007, so it has actually gained 2.1 market share points between Q1'07 and Q1'08.

According to iSuppli, AMD took roughly half of those growth points from Intel, while the other half came from other, smaller players in the CPU market. Those smaller players have seen their aggregate market share drop from 8.7% in the first quarter of 2007 to 7.3% in the first quarter of this year.

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