Mercury Research recently gave us the skinny on last quarter's x86 processor shipments, and it said AMD's piece of the pie had shrunk to 18.7%. The folks at iSuppli have now compiled some slightly different numbers: they still compare how CPU vendors fared in the second quarter, but they apply to revenue share for all microprocessor sales.
Using that metric, AMD comes off with a much smaller portion of the total. Intel's revenue share is also the largest since the third quarter of 2005, when the chipmaker seized a whopping 82.4% of microprocessor revenue.
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iSuppli points out that Intel benefited from "strong demand for its new-generation products across all segments" as well as a recovering PC market, which grew by 1% between Q1 and Q2. Meanwhile, iSuppli adds, AMD failed to reap a financial benefit from the growth because its average selling prices fell.
That makes sense. AMD's price war with Intel has pushed all but one of the underdog's desktop CPUs under the $200 mark, and in the mobile market, AMD processors typically find their way only into low-end machines. Intel, on the other hand, continues to flaunt high-end, high-margin processors with virtually no competition.