Intel has increased its market share over AMD, despite both companies reporting a rise in shipments, according to data from Mercury Research.
Intel shipped 82.6% of the desktop, notebook, and server processors based on the x86 instruction set in the third quarter, said Dean McCarron, principal analyst with Mercury Research, and said AMD shipped 15.8% of those processors.
Compared with last year's quarter, AMD gained ground and Intel lost position.
But AMD deliberately held back on production in last year's third quarter to clear out downstream inventory built up during the second quarter, when it shipped a surplus of processors in the hope of a chip turnaround that never materialised.
Therefore, AMD's third-quarter 2002 results did not provide an accurate picture of the company's market share, and cannot be meaningfully compared against this year's third quarter, McCarron said.
Intel strengthened its efforts to capture market share in emerging markets around the world, which played a role in the company's improved market share, McCarron said.
Shipments of notebook processors also posted strong increases in the third quarter, a segment in which Intel's advantage over AMD is even more pronounced.
Mobile processors represented 19.5% of all shipments in the third quarter, up from 17.6% in last year's third quarter, McCarron said.
Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service