Intel processor shipments gain ground on AMD
eWeek is reporting that the latest Mercury Research processor shipment figures show Intel actually gaining on AMD in the second quarter of this year.
Intel, which has historically garnered around 80 percent of x86 chip shipments, had 82.3 percent of shipments in the second quarter. AMD had 16.2 percent of shipments. The companies had 81.6 percent and 16.9 percent of shipments, respectively, during the first quarter. Chipmakers such as VIA Technologies Inc. take up the rest of the x86 chip shipments.
Microsoft is actually credited with boosting Intel's shipments. Redmond apparently ordered a "significant number" of processors for its Xbox console during the second quarter, and that purchase may have bolstered Intel's processor shipments without increasing its market share.