Intel holds lead in chip market

Advanced Micro Devices lost market share to Intel in the second quarter, according to figures from Mercury Research.

Advanced Micro Devices lost market share to Intel in the second quarter, according to figures from Mercury Research.

Intel held an enormous lead over AMD in the number of x86 desktop, mobile and server processors shipped in the second quarter, with 82.5% of the market, said Dean McCarron, principal analyst with Mercury Research.

AMD shipped 15.7% of the processors measured in this study, and the "other" category, made up of Transmeta and Via Technologies, shipped 1.8%.

In the first quarter, Intel shipped 81.7% of the processors measured by the study, and AMD shipped 16.6%.

AMD gained a little ground compared with last year's second quarter, when the company shipped 15.6% of the processor market, but that quarter was a disastrous one for the company and the industry in general.

Overall, mobile products were the strongest segment of the market. In fact, mobile processors were the only segment of the market that gained ground, while everything else was down in the quarter across all companies in the industry.

The market declined 3% from the first quarter to the second quarter, but the second half of the year is expected to get better.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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