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Intel Expands CPU Market Share in Q3 to 84 Percent

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Intel was able to increase its lead microprocessor sales over AMD in the third quarter of 2011

According to an estimate by market research firm IHS, Intel processors accounted for 83.7 percent of all processors revenues in Q3, up from 82.5 percent in the second quarter and up from 80.9 percent in Q3 of 2010. AMD slipped from 10.5 percent in Q2 and 11.5 percent in Q3 2010 to 10.2 percent in the most recent quarter.

IHS said that the third quarter brought good and bad news for Intel:

“The boom in media tablet sales has packed both upsides and downsides for Intel—hurting its business in netbook microprocessors - but boosting its sales of chips used in data centers to support cloud computing,” said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms research at IHS. “Because of its broad product line that addresses both the consumer and business side of the microprocessor business, Intel in the third quarter managed to outperform the overall market. Even with the company warning that its fourth-quarter revenue will fall short of expectations, the company still is expected to expand its lead in the global semiconductor market based on its strong performance in the third quarter and the rest of the year.”

It is particularly interesting that Intel has managed to pull itself out of the negative impact of the decline of the netbook market, which is a segment that it fueled with its Atom processors. IHS said that global netbook shipments may drop to 21.4 million units in 2011, down a staggering 33.5 percent from 32 million in 2010. Shipments are expected to fall to 13.4 million units in 2015.

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    nikorr , December 23, 2011 12:08 PM
    That's brutal score!
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    de5_Roy , December 23, 2011 12:10 PM
    amd's bulldozer (zambezi and others) tanking has to do something with intel's rise. this possibly means bulldozer didn't sell as much as amd is hyping, and eol'ing old cpus is also hurting.
    as a result intel is getting lazier and lazier. cpu prices are stagnant. new products are getting delayed. :( 
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    Goldengoose , December 23, 2011 12:27 PM
    Come on AMD, i want you to give intel some competition so we get some cutting edge processors!
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , December 23, 2011 12:31 PM
    Yes AMD needs to come out something that is better than Bulldozer. I think AMD can gain some needed traction if they release a RISC based APU processor for tablets.
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    BSMonitor , December 23, 2011 12:42 PM
    Netbooks have always had an EOL in the consumer space. Their greatest use is in the corporate space, as a complement to the workstation. Powerful workstation with a synced netbook is the ideal workplace config.

    The home user boom probably came from the hoards of Wal-Mart shoppers that just wanted a "cheap" computer. (Not really even knowing what they are buying.) They use it mostly for the internet and youtube and facebook.
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    wiyosaya , December 23, 2011 12:43 PM
    This is exactly what I was afraid of. While I cannot blame people who want the best value for their money, I really hope AMD does something exciting in the CPU realm and soon. Otherwise, Intel will start raising prices - if they have not already.
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    BSMonitor , December 23, 2011 12:44 PM
    de5_royamd's bulldozer (zambezi and others) tanking has to do something with intel's rise. this possibly means bulldozer didn't sell as much as amd is hyping, and eol'ing old cpus is also hurting.as a result intel is getting lazier and lazier. cpu prices are stagnant. new products are getting delayed.


    Mostly due to Intel's execution. Not so much AMD's failure.
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    memadmax , December 23, 2011 12:44 PM
    Hey, I know, lets resurrect Cyrix so that the AMD fanboys will stop complaining about lack of competition....
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    billybobser , December 23, 2011 12:58 PM
    does that % not constitue a monopoly yet?
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    9_breaker , December 23, 2011 1:23 PM
    then who owns the rest .
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    MasterMace , December 23, 2011 1:30 PM
    bulldozer is built at 60% of what was promised, and what was needed. Of course AMD flopped and slid.

    billybobserdoes that % not constitue a monopoly yet?


    No. Simple microeconomics states it is monopolistic competition. The lawsuits against them show their practices are against many AntiTrust acts.
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    BSMonitor , December 23, 2011 1:42 PM
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    bulldozer is built at 60% of what was promised, and what was needed. Of course AMD flopped and slid.


    It is not like anyone in the corporate space was sitting on pins and needles waiting for AMD's BD. Sorry, that's not it.
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    NightLight , December 23, 2011 1:43 PM
    you have to give credit to intel, they make good products nowadays (and actually always). I don' think people have to fear intel raising prices more then normal, they won't make that mistake twice, and besided, people know prices too well these days. Look at the hard drive shortage, don't think people will put up with that bs pricewise. Nothing to worry about, and nice going intel! Besides, don't count amd out, the integrated graphics they have may end up in 50-60% of all new notebooks.
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    jacobdrj , December 23, 2011 2:06 PM
    NightLightyou have to give credit to intel, they make good products nowadays (and actually always). I don' think people have to fear intel raising prices more then normal, they won't make that mistake twice, and besided, people know prices too well these days. Look at the hard drive shortage, don't think people will put up with that bs pricewise. Nothing to worry about, and nice going intel! Besides, don't count amd out, the integrated graphics they have may end up in 50-60% of all new notebooks.

    They make great products now, and have to keep innovation up even just to compete with themselves... However, they didn't ALWAYS make great products... P4 was a disaster as far as I am concerned....
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    DRosencraft , December 23, 2011 2:26 PM
    Before too many hecklers pile on, some simple math should be noted. The year-over-year gain for Intel was 2.8%, while AMDs drop was only 1.3%. Q3, which actually reflects Bulldozer's release, shows a 1.2% jump for Intel and an only 0.3% drop for AMD. In other words, this shouldn't be blamed entirely on any perceived failure of BD. Much of the hit to AMD was baked in before BD. Analyzing quarterly earning reports from Intel and AMD would be very helpful in seeing what loses and gains are invovled here in terms of specific products.
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    ta152h , December 23, 2011 2:49 PM
    memadmaxHey, I know, lets resurrect Cyrix so that the AMD fanboys will stop complaining about lack of competition....


    Cyrix is owned by VIA, so, in a way, you can get one if you buy a Nano.

    Except it's not a Cyrix. Cyrix did a great job of releasing the worst microprocessors for a long time, and were summarily executed by VIA. The Nano is based on the Centaur team (formerly at IDT) they also bought. The Cyrix design, naturally, was found inferior, so they stuck with the Centaur team.

    There is a third choice, and it's not a bad one. And it's kind of linked to Cyrix, but not horrible like Cyrix.
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    freggo , December 23, 2011 3:03 PM
    I'd definitely call that 'bad' news. I big corporation with a dominant market presence is only good for stock holders but never for the consumer.
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    theuniquegamer , December 23, 2011 3:23 PM
    Amd's 10.2% in current is due to its failure in bulldozer
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    silverblue , December 23, 2011 3:43 PM
    I'm wondering if this includes APUs. I know, Sandy Bridge is technically an APU if you want to look at it that way, however considering the E- and A- series have been selling very well, I'm puzzled as to why their share went down.

    And as for the talk about Bulldozer, come on guys... Bulldozer was released in Q4. The only real reason for Bulldozer to affect AMD's market share in Q3 would be due to its delays, thus pushing people to buy Intel.
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    intel4eva , December 23, 2011 3:56 PM
    Suck it AMD! What's that? The high end doesn't matter? It'll be a delicious slide to 0%, over the lamentations of ever more vision-less CEOs, and the qq of three quarters of the forum community on Toms hardware. Goodbye AMD, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out. And take your GPUs with you.
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