CHIPMAKER Intel has recorded 5.6 per cent growth in GPU market share thanks to its Sandy Bridge Core i5 processors.
Intel has long been the GPU market share king, but industry analysts Jon Peddie Research (JPR) has reported that the firm now ships 60.4 per cent of all GPUs, an increase of 5.6 per cent from the previous quarter and a 5.3 per cent rise from the same time last year. Both AMD and Nvidia experienced quarterly market share drops to 23 per cent and 16.1 per cent market shares, respectively, though AMD's market share remained flat from the same time last year.
JPR cites AMD's and Intel's CPUs with GPU cores as a massive growth area for the firms, with AMD's Fusion processors seeing 58.4 per cent quarterly sales growth in both desktop and laptop chips. Intel's GPU-laden processors also saw 23.6 per cent growth.
Nvidia's seemingly lacklustre figures, showing a quarterly and annual drop of five per cent, is largely put down to the firm's decision to exit the integrated graphics market, concentrating on its line of Tegra system-on-chip processors. Given that the firm has managed to secure a fair number of design wins with its Tegra 2 chip, the firm is unlikely to be worried about integrated graphics sales.
Intel's so-called 'extreme' GPUs might be something of a joke among gamers and hardware enthusiasts but the firm manages to shift a high volume of graphics processors first through its chipsets and now through its processors such as the Core i5. JPR cites that nearly every computer now has two GPUs, a discrete chip from the likes of AMD or Nvidia mated with the on-chip or integrated GPU found on the CPU.
In other important news JPR reports that one-time market leader Matrox sold enough GPUs to register on its radar. In the previous quarter the firm registered 0.0 per cent market share, but this quarter bounced back to post a miraculous 0.04 per cent. We doubt that AMD, Intel and Nvidia will be worrying too much. µ