BEAN COUNTER FIRM Isuppli has published its latest figures for microprocessor shipments.
Unsurprisingly it placed Intel at the top of its list and AMD in second position.
Intel sits astride the market like a gloating alpha chimp, according to the firm, and dominates the rest of the troupe with its 80-odd per cent market share. However, while it towers over AMD, which has around 11 per cent of the market, it has not been able to increase its share by much more than a percentage point here and there, meaning that the two of them dominate the market, albeit to considerably different degrees.
"In reality, the share changes in the third quarter from the two incumbents were extremely small and not at all significant," said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms at Isuppli.
"What is significant, however, is that neither company has been able to take any sizable share away from the other. One reason is that each company offers well-matched competitive product portfolios. Another reason is that end markets are not undergoing significant changes in market share of product lineup that would impact microprocessor market share."
AMD might be able to increase its standing, according to the analysts, when it releases its Fusion line. Wilkins said AMD could loosen Intel's hold on chip shipments, even if it fails to topple Chipzilla.
"There remains a very competitive situation between the two dominant suppliers," he explained. "In particular, we look forward to seeing the effect that AMD's forthcoming Fusion products might have on the share situation for these two mega-players."
On paper Intel should be planning the Christmas party to end all Christmas parties, as Isuppli said that microprocessor revenues grew by 23 per cent in the quarter. µ
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