AMD server market share hits 22%
AMD has announced that its server market share jumped
to 22.1% for the first quarter of this year, according to numbers
provided by Mercury Research. This is an impressive number, considering AMD's
server market share was a paltry
7.4% exactly one year ago. The company saw massive growth throughout
2005, however, climbing to 11.2% in the second quarter, 12.7% in
the third quarter, and finally 16.4% in the fourth quarter. If AMD's
server business continues growing at the current rate, the company could
easy nab a third of the server market by the end of the year. Growth may
be hindered by the expected third quarter release of Intel's Woodcrest
server chips, however, which could finally give Intel something to
adequately compete in the dual-core server space.
In addition to the market share announcement, AMD also boasted about the
launch of twelve new server platforms that meet the company's Validated
Server guidelines, as well as the finalization of the HyperTransport 3.0 specification.
According to AMD, the Validated Server machines are "thoroughly tested
for quality, compatibility, longevity and stability and are backed by
global manufacturers who have met rigorous standards of performance and
service in order to participate." Among the twelve are systems by
Newisys, Supermicro, Tyan, and Uniwide, which AMD showed off in Dubai,
United Arab Emirates earlier this week.