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AMD stabilises market-share decline

AMD has stabilised its market share in the microprocessor market after a steady decline against larger rival Intel, said analyst iSuppli.

After six months of microprocessor market-share losses to Intel, AMD managed to increase slightly its share of the market, said iSuppli.

In the second quarter, AMD accounted for 11.4% of worldwide microprocessor sales, up 0.5 percentage points from the 10.9% it held in the first quarter, iSuppli said.

Previously, AMD had seen its share dwindle by nearly 6 percentage points, from 16.8% in the third quarter of 2006 to 10.9% in the first quarter of 2007.

Intel experienced a corresponding 0.5 percentage point decline in the second quarter, with its share decreasing to 80.3%, down from 80.8% in the previous quarter.

This ended Intel's market-share increases during the previous two quarters. "The main cause of the market-share reversal of fortunes was a decline in Intel's microprocessor average selling prices (ASPs),"

said Matthew Wilkins, an analyst at iSuppli.

Although its lower ASPs brought market share by value down, iSuppli said Intel's chip shipments continued to rise.

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