Q3 CPU revenues were up 12.2 percent sequentially, and up 16.1 percent year over year, the market research firm said. Average selling prices of CPUs climbed more than 5 percent as Sandy Bridge and Fusion processors are claiming a greater share of the product mix. IDC estimates that 73 percent of all processors sold now integrate on-chip graphics capability.
Intel succeeded in the overall processor market as it was able to grow its market share by 0.9 points to 80.2 percent. AMD fell by 0.7 points to 19.7 percent, but it was able to score a substantial gain in the critical mobile market, where AMD was up by 2.4 points to 17.6 percent. Intel was down by 2.1 points to 82.3 percent, IDC said.
"Clearly, Intel's Sandy Bridge and AMD's Fusion microprocessors with integrated graphic processors are rising in each company's product stack and driving the price increase," said IDC's Shane Rau. "At the same time, low-end processors, notably Intel's Atom processors, are declining as a percentage of the unit mix."
Intel was slightly up in the server/workstation market to 95.1 percent and gained an impressive 4.8 point share to 75.8 percent in the desktop segment. AMD was down by 4.8 points to 24.1 percent.