AMD gains ground on Intel in server chip market

Chipmaker AMD has trumpeted a sharp increase in its share of the x86 server processor market, with its Opteron processor accounting for more than a fifth of worldwide shipments.

Chipmaker AMD has trumpeted a sharp increase in its share of the x86 server processor market, with its Opteron processor accounting for more than a fifth of worldwide shipments.

The market share figures follow quarterly results posted earlier this month that showed AMD sales soaring by 70%. The company also saw first quarter net profits of $185m (£104m), compared with a $17m loss in the same period last year.

The figures mark a ratcheting up of competition between AMD and its rival Intel, the world’s leading chipmaker.

Intel posted poorer than expected results earlier this month after warning that sales figures would be down on expectations, partly because of greater competition in the market.

AMD cited market share figures from Mercury Research showing that the AMD Opteron processor accounted for 22.1% of the x86 server processors shipped worldwide in the first quarter of this year – up from 16.4% in the last quarter of 2005.

The gains in the x86 server market mean that AMD's market share has risen more than two and a half times since the first quarter of 2005.

AMD also unveiled 12 new platforms – from Newisys, Supermicro Computer, Tyan Computer and Uniwide Technologies – that meet its validated server guidelines.

The company has pledged that future AMD64 processors will meet the new HyperTransport 3.0 specification, which is designed to provide faster speeds in multiprocessor server and multi-system environments.

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