IDC: AMD lost some CPU market share in first quarter

Although AMD posted a healthy profit not buoyed by juicy settlement money last quarter, the company lost some market share to Intel, according to IDC. The market research firm estimates that AMD's overall share of the global PC processor market fell to 18.8% in the first quarter, down from 19.4% in the fourth quarter of last year and 22.3% a year before.

Here's how things looked in the desktop market in particular...

  Q1 2009 Q4 2009 Q1 2010
Intel 70.0% 71.1% 71.7%
AMD 29.8% 28.6% 28.0%

...and on the mobile front:

  Q1 2009 Q4 2009 Q1 2010
Intel 84.3% 87.3% 87.8%
AMD 15.0% 12.7% 12.1%

Interestingly, those losses contrast with pretty much consistent gains in IDC's estimation spanning from Q4 2008 to Q3 2009 and Q4 2009. IDC didn't comment too much on AMD's performance, stating only, "Intel's new Core processors and AMD's new Athlon processors are ramping, and at a time when, IDC believes, consumers and corporations will be anticipating a much healthier 2010 and looking for more value than just low price in their PCs."

For the PC microprocessor market as a whole, IDC says first-quarter shipments were up 39% compared to the same quarter a year ago and down 5.6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. IDC called the sequential drop "modest," noting that shipments typically drop by about 7-8% in this time of the year.

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