IDC estimates AMD’s CPU market share at 22.3%

Remember those preliminary Mercury Research numbers that pinned AMD’s share of the PC microprocessor market at 20.9%? Competing research firm IDC has published some similar market estimates, and it says AMD’s piece of the pie was actually 22.3% last quarter.

That’s a considerable 4.6-point share increase compared to the fourth quarter of last year, when AMD only commanded 17.7% of PC microprocessor shipments. Over the same stretch of time, IDC says Intel saw its own slice shrink from 81.9% to 77.3%.

More interesting still, IDC has published numbers for the desktop and mobile portions of the market. AMD reportedly grabbed 29.8% of desktop processor shipments in Q1—that’s 3.8 more points than in Q4 2008. The underdog didn’t do quite as well in mobile systems (its products only made up for 15% of laptop CPU shipments), but it still clawed back 4.7 points sequentially. Those gains probably reflect the success of AMD’s Puma mobile platform as well as the new Phenom IIs on the desktop.

For the PC CPU market as a whole, IDC notes that shipments fell 13% and revenue dropped 25.1% compared to Q1 2008. Researcher Shane Rau comments, "Some inventory replenishment by [PC vendors] at the end of the quarter helped to slow the decline and bring the quarter in at a level only slightly worse than typical seasonal decline." Looking ahead, the firm expects a "modest" decline in shipments from Q1 to Q2.

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    • Anonymous Coward
    • 10 years ago

    Ars is saying that Atom suffered a 33% volume drop over the previous quarter. I think thats the most interesting news of all. Does the market really want a slow processor like Atom? Will AMD drive Atom downmarket with repurposed K8/K10 designs?

    • 0g1
    • 10 years ago

    I guess they didn’t know what “IDC” means in internet slang.

      • burntham77
      • 10 years ago

      All I wanted to say was “Ha” but I can’t have posts with only three characters in them. So…. ha.

    • masaki
    • 10 years ago

    “In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 89.3% market share, a gain of 1.2% and AMD earned 10.7%, a loss of –1.2%.”

    What? Shanghai failed to impress?

    • sweatshopking
    • 10 years ago

    lol only 5.6%, not bad!! it really is a tough time to be AMD. with all of their problems, even with some very very good products on the cpu and gpu side, with this economy they sure cant cut a break! hopefully the turn the money burning boat around, because they are a good company with good products. maybe if intel stops being douches with the rebates, they can move more parts! only time will tell

      • SubSeven
      • 10 years ago

      With a little luck, Intel we get a big slap on their ass tomorrow for being douches. Hopefully that will help AMD a bit. GO EU! GO OBAMA!!! God I love beauracrats…

      • PetMiceRnice
      • 10 years ago

      I have no particular dislike for Intel, but we definitely need continued competition in the marketplace. I personally have had a very good experience with both Intel and AMD processors, and in fact my AMD-based laptop is celebrating it’s third birthday this month. It still runs just as good as the day I bought it.

    • khands
    • 10 years ago

    an increase of 4.6% market share on a decrease of 25.1% revenue aint so grand, but I guess it’s better than nothing.

      • Game_boy
      • 10 years ago

      Assume Q4 revenue was $x, and that the revenue share of AMD is the same as the market share.

      0.177 * x = 0.177x
      0.223 * (x*(1-0.251)) = 0.167x

      So, regardless of the revenue figure, AMD only lost 5.6% of its revenue. Which isn’t as bad it appears.

        • khands
        • 10 years ago

        As I said, it aint so grand (still a loss in overall revenue), but better than nothing (staying where they were and loosing 25.1% of revenue).

          • snakeoil
          • 10 years ago

          moron the 25.1% of revenue drop is for the whole pc industry

            • khands
            • 10 years ago

            “For the PC /[<*[

            • khands
            • 10 years ago

            Of course, there is the qualifier that market share is =/= to revenue share, but it’s the closest approximate we can get until the shareholder meetings of each company disclose actual revenue.

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