IDC: CPU shipments, AMD market share both up slightly

Market research firm IDC has whipped up some microprocessor shipment estimates for the third quarter of the year, and it says the market grew “modestly”—but well below the average growth rate. IDC has also found that both AMD and Via have both nabbed a tiny bit of market share away from Intel.

Reportedly, global unit shipments of PC microprocessors went up a measly 2.1% between the second and third quarters, with overall revenue rising 2.5%. By contrast, IDC explains, “average sequential change in unit shipments between a calendar year’s second quarter and its third quarter is an increase of 10.6%.” (Revenue is supposed to grow 9%, too.) Nothing to get terribly excited about there, it seems.

On the market share front, I’ve taken the liberty of comparing IDC’s latest figures to those from previous quarters:

  Q3 2009 Q2 2010 Q3 2010
Intel 81.1% 80.7% 80.4%
AMD 18.7% 19.0% 19.2%
Via 0.2% 0.3% 0.4%

IDC has worked out share estimates specific to the desktop, mobile, and workstation and server markets, too, and says AMD saw its piece of the desktop pie grow half a point to 27.8%. AMD still has the same slice of the mobile market, 13.7%, and its portion of the server and workstation market has dropped 0.2 points to 6.3%.

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    • smilingcrow
    • 9 years ago

    Good to see that Via sold 2 more CPUs than the same quarter last year.

      • jdaven
      • 9 years ago

      If we assume approximately 100 million processors shipped total in Q3, then the math is simple.

      §[<http://www.pcworld.com/article/181360/intel_expands_processor_market_share_over_amd_in_q3.html<]§ VIA shipped 4 million processors. A little more than 2. The world is a big place. Much bigger than your above the garage bedroom. There is room and market niches for everyone to make money and sell millions of product.

        • smilingcrow
        • 9 years ago

        Relax, I can do the maths, it was a joke.

          • can-a-tuna
          • 9 years ago

          And a very good one too.

            • smilingcrow
            • 9 years ago

            It could have been even worse; I could have said that their sales figures for the latest quarter are so pumped up as akin to being on VIAgra.

    • jdaven
    • 9 years ago

    As predicted, AMD is holding its own in all markets by drastically reducing the price of its processors. The strategy of adding a new higher clocked SKU at the same price while dropping the lowest clocked SKU is working as well.

    Of course, all of this at the cost of margins.

      • dpaus
      • 9 years ago

      Ask Intel about the corelation between market share and margins.

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, I’d like to see the revenue shares… I’m not sure unit shipment shares really matter that much.

      (BTW, AMD lost server unit shipment share… again.)

    • AlvinTheNerd
    • 9 years ago

    If VIA really has doubled their marketshare in one year that say total shipment growth, they must be really on a roll.

    The problem is that I don’t see anything to point out why. Their C7 has been around for more than a year without any major improvements and the dual core C7 is coming in the next few months.

    Whats the new market for Via? Or is the error on the study such that 0.2% doesn’t really mean much?

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    Third post on the double Q2.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      Third post on the double Q2.

        • flip-mode
        • 9 years ago

        I think you’ve overreached 😉

        • MadManOriginal
        • 9 years ago

        Perhaps he meant Q^2?

    • HighTech4US
    • 9 years ago

    Why does your table show Q2 2010 twice with different percentages?

      • sparkman
      • 9 years ago

      I’ve noticed bad headings on previous quarterly tables, as well. Cryil must be slysdexic!

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    romg Q2 2010 time warp

    romg Q2 2010 time warp

    Uh…what is happening here…go Via!

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