AMD stops Intel market share advance in Q2-07

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USA: After six months of microprocessor market-share loses to rival Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) managed to stabilize its market share in the second quarter, according to a preliminary ranking from iSuppli Corp.


According to preliminary iSuppli estimates, AMD in the second quarter of 2007 accounted for 11.4 percent of worldwide microprocessor sales, up half a percentage point from 10.9 percent in the first quarter. This rise brought to an end a period of decline for AMD that saw its market share dwindle by nearly six points from 16.8 percent in the third quarter of 2006 to 10.9 percent in the first quarter of 2007.

Meanwhile, Intel experienced a corresponding half-point decline in the second quarter, with its share decreasing to 80.3 percent, down from 80.8 percent in the previous quarter. This ended a major resurgence in market-share during the prior two quarters for the microprocessor giant. The table presents iSuppli's preliminary estimate of microprocessor market share for Intel and AMD in the second quarter and for the preceding quarters.


Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms research at iSuppli, said: "The main cause of the market-share reversal of fortune was a decline in Intel's microprocessor average selling prices (ASPs). This caused Intel's revenue share to decline -- although its microprocessor unit shipments were up sequentially. However, with only a 1 percentage point swing in market share between the two companies in the first quarter, the second quarter essentially maintained the status quo of the first quarter, with no significant trade in market-share position between the two main microprocessor suppliers to the PC and server segments."