Despite chip recall, Intel boosts market share vs. AMD

Despite chip recall, Intel boosts market share vs. AMD

Summary: Intel's share of the global chip market grew in the first quarter, at the expense of longtime rival AMD, according to new research.

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The eternal microprocessor battle rages on.

Intel's share of the global chip market grew in the first quarter, at the expense of longtime rival AMD, according to research outfit iSuppli.

Intel managed to boost its share to 82.6 percent of global microprocessor revenues in Q1 2011, up from 80.6 percent in 2010 and 81 percent the quarter prior.

The news comes despite an eight million-strong recall for an error in the core-logic chipset that supports its Core Sandy Bridge chips.

The battle between Intel and AMD is largely zero-sum, and as a result AMD's market share slipped to 10.1 percent in Q1 2011, down from 11.8 percent in 1Q10 and 10.9 percent in 4Q10.

How did Intel dodge a bullet? ISuppli chalks it up to a strong market for microprocessors, which grew 20 percent in Q1 2011. Still, both companies saw increased revenues thanks to the strong market; Intel saw a 25 percent jump in Q1 revenues.

Moreover, both companies increased their chokehold on the market: together, they represented 92.7 percent of microprocessor revenues in 1Q11, up from 92.4 percent the year before.

But it remains unclear whether this is a fluke quarter as the market changes. The future of Intel's Atom chip (and netbooks in general) is undecided as the slate-style tablet market begins to pick up.

Can it regroup for the next wave of computing, or will it ride its cash cow into obsolescence?

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Intel

Andrew Nusca

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • RE: Despite chip recall, Intel boosts market share vs. AMD

    Intel is bribing companies again I just know it lol.

    I am an AMD fanboy, but Intel seems to be doing something right (not that AMD isn't). Can't really attack them in true fanboy fashion for doing it right.

    I will continue to wait for the Bulldozers...
    Bates_
    • RE: Despite chip recall, Intel boosts market share vs. AMD

      @Bates_ : With an 80% market share, they can't be "bribing" everyone.
      Gis Bun
      • RE: Despite chip recall, Intel boosts market share vs. AMD

        @Gis Bun

        Makes you wonder though if the rumors of Intel "spiffing" retailers and OEM's to front line their product over AMD are true and if there's more to the Antitrust suits that the public doesn't know about Intel.

        Waiting for Bulldozer as well!!! Love the fact I pay 1/3 of what Intel customers pay for with better chipset support! So what if you get 5FPS faster then I do, I paid a hundreds less :)
        spdrcrtob
    • RE: Despite chip recall, Intel boosts market share vs. AMD

      @Bates_ You dont need to bribe anyone to buy a 2500K/2600K. And its not like AMD is doing anything meaningful to change this.

      Disclosure: My last AMD CPU was a A64 3200+ (you know, when they were ahead of Intel)
      Tommy S.
      • RE: Despite chip recall, Intel boosts market share vs. AMD

        @Tommy S.
        Since the ATI buy out I don't think AMD was interested in being the best out of the consumer market as the mid range is where the profits are at (Laptop and desktop) where Intel doesn't take it. But in the Server market they still trump Intel. Also the numbers seem inflated slightly coming from Intel.

        Also Intel has always been early to market, Sandybridge won't be much considering some of the A series processors (A6/A8) are benchmarked just below the 2500/2600 k if you haven't been keeping tabs. Those are Laptop chips BTW.
        Wait till Bulldozer (Llano) comes to plow the sand off the bridge.

        This has always been a turbulent market and depending on your scope one comes out ahead of the other I'll admit.
        spdrcrtob
      • RE: Despite chip recall, Intel boosts market share vs. AMD

        @spdrcrtob I just checked the early benchmarks for the A8, its getting raped by a i3-2100 in raw x86 processing power.
        Tommy S.
      • RE: Despite chip recall, Intel boosts market share vs. AMD

        @Tommy S. <br><br>With or with out an external video card? Read the reviews more closely. <br><br>Beg to differ, check anandtech's reviews, Apples to apples, can't compare an i3 with a 5770 attached to it. Compare it to an i3 with HD2000/3000 and you get more of an apples to apples comparison, than apples compared to baked apples with cinnamon and brown sugar.
        spdrcrtob
      • RE: Despite chip recall, Intel boosts market share vs. AMD

        @spdrcrtob I explicitly said raw x86 performance. Modern games (read shitty console ports) are 90% GPU dependent.

        I checked synthetic benchmarks on hardwarecanucks.
        Tommy S.
  • Amazing that they do this when they still cant get a good low power soc out

    I mean come on guys it's almost 2012, you kick everyone elses ass in manufactuering tech, and youve had years to work on this. The vaunted "oak trail" comes out and still isnt suitable for tablets? All the next gen chasis specs for 2012 smartphones are done and they are all ARM, again! Time for an engineering management shake up boys. You already pulled the wait for next year thing one too many times with oak trail. 2012 marks what should have been your 5th year in a market youre still not in. Youre incredibly lucky MS stayed away from windows on ARM for as long as they did. As with their ARM smartphones, youve really left them no choice, no one can afford to wait for you any longer. Let me reiterate, you are already 5 years late to this market you should have dominated from the beginning. And you still seem to be at least two more years away... Where are your heads and why do you still have your jobs?
    Johnny Vegas
  • How is the others volume so low

    Mobiles( Smartphones) , netbooks, Tablets now i am sure will outnumber the number of all other devices(Desktops/servers) sold yearly but still how then does Intel hold the top MPU share in the market especially with advent of Arm, Samsung, Texas Instrument processors??
    Infiniteeee
  • RE: Despite chip recall, Intel boosts market share vs. AMD

    Despite the recall, Intel still managed to boost it???s share82.6%! Inspite also the competing companies. That???s a good marketing strategies they have there. That???s what <a href="http://www.rentalshouses.ca">houses for rent</a>, <a href="http://www.listingcondos.com">condos for sale</a> and <a href="http://www.flatrent.ca">flats to rent</a> does that???s why they have a good revenue because not only marketing strategies, they also prioritize the needs of the customers.
    sicelybangs