Mercury Research: CPU shipments rise, AMD’s share falls

Last week, Jon Peddie Research said the GPU market had seen healthy growth between the first and second quarters of this year. Well, guess what? So did the CPU market. As eWeek reports, the latest numbers from Mercury Research suggest that x86 microprocessors shipments rose by a cool 13.8% last quarter. Shipments were still down 2.9% compared to the same quarter a year ago, though.

eWeek says Mercury Research attributes the sequential growth to excess inventory, which hampered shipments in the first quarter. “Inventories were depleted, enabling sales to recover” in Q2. Intel, AMD, and Via all saw their shipments increase sequentially, but market share numbers give the clear upper hand to Intel:

  Q2 2008 Q1 2009 Q2 2009
Intel 80.0% 78.2% 80.5%
AMD 18.8% 20.9% 18.7%
VIA 1.3% 0.8% 0.9%

Yep. AMD’s gone from almost 21% to just under 19% in one quarter. That might be because, according to Mercury Research, the most growth occurred in the mobile space. Since Intel has been shipping a fair number of low-cost Atom processors for netbooks, though, perhaps AMD’s slice of x86 CPU revenue didn’t shrink quite as much as its unit share.

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    • potatochobit
    • 10 years ago

    all this netbook talk is such a joke

    • Tarx
    • 10 years ago

    I’d be interested in seeing an additional breakdown between desktop, notebook, netbook categories, perhaps even with average price for each.
    I wonder if AMD has been so crippled due to all those R&D cuts, or perhaps just poor planning, not to be able to better execute on the notebook and the 11″/12″ netbook market.
    Why so late with a 45nm mobile cpus? They have significantly better integrated chipsets for graphics than Intel (mobile 690/740g for netbooks and 780g mobile for notebooks) that it seems that the CPUs are dragging them down.

    • Rza79
    • 10 years ago

    That means Via sold around 600 thousand cpu’s in Q2.
    Not bad … but i guess not enough to be profitable.

    That’s BTW a drop from around 900 thousand cpu’s from Q2 last year.

      • dmitriylm
      • 10 years ago

      Hey let’s all post information that is irrelevant to the topic at hand!

      • snakeoil
      • 10 years ago

      ban this troll

        • Meadows
        • 10 years ago

        They should ban you instead.

          • 5150
          • 10 years ago


            • flip-mode
            • 10 years ago


            • FubbHead
            • 10 years ago


      • Vaughn
      • 10 years ago

      That first link is a joke Cnet ??? benchmark??? when I see a benchmark done by the techreport or anandtech or Hardocp then maybe i’ll worry.

      And the second link a minor bug that ms will fix.

      I don’t see anything here that is a show stopper. How many of the noobs in the retail market even know what chkdsk is or what it does.

      Nothing to see here move along….

    • vikramsbox
    • 10 years ago

    Seems to be right. AMD is nearly invisible in the netbook/notebook space, and its costing them (they don’t seem to have learned from their blind man’s buff game from the Dothan era).
    Also, AMD’s 45nm range (which is popular) is still growing in quantity and model range even now, so I expect that this will be corrected in Q3.
    No hope in the mobile segment yet.
    But lookiee! Via gained 0.1%. Lets party.

      • Goty
      • 10 years ago

      I have a feeling that AMD may be making some inroads in the mobile sector when they release their congo platform and get some 45nm Neo processors out there.

        • Game_boy
        • 10 years ago

        Congo (Conesus) is listed as 65nm on AMD’s roadmap…

          • ironoutsider
          • 10 years ago

          Use your brain you brainless monkey and build a better roadmap! least that’s what I would tell them.

        • SomeOtherGeek
        • 10 years ago

        Yes, they are! Cuz I’m buying one or three… Still some crazy geeks out there, so watch out!

      • FuturePastNow
      • 10 years ago

      Yep. Now that AMD has a native dual-core in 45nm- Regor- they can make a mobile version of, we’ll see Turion processors that are competitive with Core 2 Duo, at least. Paired with 780 integrated graphics, that should give them a few months to build ground until Intel’s 32nm processors appear.

      It’s better than nothing.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 10 years ago

    This just in, VIA increased their share!

      • Windogg
      • 10 years ago

      They they sell one or both Nano processors?

        • StashTheVampede
        • 10 years ago

        Both, no doubt. All two netbooks from HP made it to consumers’ hands.

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