Intel lost CPU revenue share to AMD last quarter

Last month, we saw preliminary Mercury Research numbers that said AMD’s share of x86 microprocessor shipments had grown substantially last quarter. What about AMD’s slice of global microprocessor revenue? Rival market research firm iSuppli has now released revenue share numbers for the first quarter, and they, too, show gains on AMD’s part.

According to iSuppli, Intel’s share of revenue across the entire microprocessor market (which includes non-x86 CPUs) fell from 81.6% in the fourth quarter of last year to 79.1% in the first quarter of 2009. Over the same time period, AMD’s revenue share climbed from 10.5% to 12.8%.

Incidentally, those numbers actually look almost identical to those from a year ago. Back then, AMD had a 12.9% revenue share to Intel’s 79%.

We can’t easily extrapolate x86-only data from those figures. However, the iSuppli numbers do suggest that AMD’s revenue share might lie a few points below its unit share. (Mercury Research’s preliminary report showed Intel with a 78.2% unit share and AMD with 20.9%.) That may be evidence that AMD has lower average selling prices than Intel despite the success of the low-cost Atom CPU.

Comments closed
    • rohith10
    • 13 years ago

    You’re right.

    AMD should seriously consider brand-building through ads. Intel does that a lot where I am and, as a result, for most new customers, all they want is an “Intel PC”.

    • pluscard
    • 13 years ago

    Kinda short sighted. While most agree without AMD, there is no telling what Intel would “decide” we need, and how much we’d pay.

    The larger issue is that Intel competes unfairly, and it’s no accident that there are no competitors.

    • pullmyfoot
    • 13 years ago

    r[

    • thermistor
    • 13 years ago

    #28, #29…Just an itch in daddy’s pants. <Detective Murtaugh played by Danny Glover of Lethal Weapon fame>

    • green
    • 13 years ago

    ooooh whats ifs are so much fun…

    alternately we’d be using:
    – the power architecture from ibm
    – faster pentium3’s (without athlon intel wouldn’t have had much reason to go netburst)
    – cyrix as a word replacement for amd references
    – a suped-up arm architecture

    • pogsnet
    • 13 years ago
    • SPOOFE
    • 13 years ago

    Without either company, there would just be other companies.

    • khands
    • 13 years ago

    Not born, that’s for sure.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 13 years ago

    Without love… where would you be right now?

    • khands
    • 13 years ago

    I think their market share is actually higher in a lot of European countries than it is here. However, everywhere else it’s pretty abysmal.

    • khands
    • 13 years ago

    Without CPU companies, people might still have to interact physically to get anything done.

    • khands
    • 13 years ago

    Government Motors?

    • LovermanOwens
    • 13 years ago

    Go go AMD. The more market share AMD grabs the better off we all are as consumers. Also the higher their stock price will go which is pretty good for me atm.

    • Rza79
    • 13 years ago

    If i get these numbers straight then that would suggest Via is selling a whopping 2.5 million cpu’s a year.
    But I don’t think that will even cover the R&D expenses …

    • kvndoom
    • 13 years ago

    I agree with everything but the “patiently” part. Hector sucked. He’d make a good GM exec.

    • FubbHead
    • 13 years ago

    Without Intel and AMD there would be no consumers.

    • pluscard
    • 13 years ago

    Dirk Meyer is doing a great job with AMD. I think a lot of people were waiting patiently for him to take the helm.

    • StuG
    • 13 years ago

    *does a happy dance*

    • stmok
    • 13 years ago

    And without competition, the consumer suffers.

    • squngy
    • 13 years ago

    Nah, there’s still microsoft 😛

    • vikramsbox
    • 13 years ago

    BBB- LOL. Without AMD and Intel, there would be no G295 and no crysis!

    • asdsa
    • 13 years ago

    Without Intel there would be no antitrust cases.

    • echo_seven
    • 13 years ago

    Without AMD and Intel, the aliens secretly monitoring the progress of our civilization might have calculated that we were failing to meet their expectations, obliterated our existence from the universe, and started over…

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 13 years ago

    Without AMD and Intel, we would be running Crysis on a $1000 VIA C7 processor paired with a GTX 295.

    • SGT Lindy
    • 13 years ago

    You should rename this post to simply….

    “Intel made money last quarter.”

    • vikramsbox
    • 13 years ago

    This is good news. But AMD must take care that its marketing dep’t pulls up its socks and gets things going.
    In many markets outside the US, AMD has a very poor representation amongst the channel partners and their products are sold at higher prices, leading to consumers heading for Intel, by default.
    I loved AMD since I used it first, even after using Intel’s more powerful dual cores, and wish that it get back on track and end up with much more than a 25% market share.

    • Vaughn
    • 13 years ago

    lol I like where this is going keep it coming boys

    • vikramsbox
    • 13 years ago

    Without AMD, Intel will be selling self throttling P4’s at $1000!

    • w00tstock
    • 13 years ago

    Intel still does…

    • krisia2006
    • 13 years ago

    Without Intel, AMD would be selling dual core cpus for $300+…

    • burntham77
    • 13 years ago

    I guess AMD’s strategy of pricing their quad-core’s low is working?

    • lycium
    • 13 years ago

    absolutely right

    • psyclone
    • 13 years ago

    Keep AMD alive, without AMD Intel would be selling 350 watt versions of the P4 at 3.8GHz, the Core 2 line wouldn’t exist, much less Nehalem.

    • albundy
    • 13 years ago

    must be the x58 pricing, lol. havent seen i7s or x58 boards on a decent sale…ever.

    • Richie_G
    • 13 years ago

    So this is ‘proof of life’ then I guess. Indeed yes, as far as I can tell, this news is beneficial to consumers.

    • BlackJammy
    • 13 years ago

    Well that’s heartening news.Good for AMD. Good for consumers.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends!