MAKER OF CHIPS that should never be fried, Intel has managed to make off with some of its rival AMD's market share, according to bean counters at IDC.
After adding up all the figures and dividing by its hat size, IDC claimed Chipzilla had expanded its share of the server microprocessor market.
All this is because AMD had a slow product transition with its latest 6000 series Opteron chips this year and Intel was there for the early adopters.
Intel supplied 93.5 per cent of the server processor units shipped in the second quarter, up from 89.9 per cent in the same quarter last year. Correspondingly AMD's share slipped to 6.5 percent from 10.1 percent.
Most of AMD's share loss occurred between the first and second quarters because server makers didn't get boxes with AMD's new 6000 series Opterons out fast enough.
IDC thinks that things could look up for AMD now that it has got past its transition problems.
AMD did well in the larger x86 market including server, desktop and mobile processors, however. Its overall market share increased a fraction between the first and second quarters, from 18.8 per cent to 19.0 per cent of processor units shipped.
You are a little more likely to see an AMD chip in a laptop as shipments increased to 13.7 percent in the second quarter from 12.1 percent in the first quarter, while Intel's share fell from 87.8 per cent to 86.1 per cent.
Intel added a half percentage point of market share from the first quarter to reach 72.2 per cent in the desktop market, IDC said. µ
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