AMD Up, Intel Down in Latest PC Chip Report

Tuesday International Data Corp. published the results of its study on “Worldwide PC Microprocessor Unit Shipments” in the second quarter. Unit shipments in the second calendar quarter of 2011 dropped 2.9% from the first quarter of 2011 and were about flat compared to the second quarter of 2010, rising 0.6%, according to the IDC report. “On a revenue basis, the PC microprocessor market earned $9.49 billion, declining 4.0% compared to 1Q11 and rising 5.4% compared to 2Q10.”

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD) are two of the market’s leading companies now entering into more direct competition, as “Intel’s Sandy Bridge and AMD’s Fusion microprocessors contain integrated graphics processors (IGP). IDC’s tracking of these processors indicates that processors with IGP rose to more than 60% of total PC processor unit volume in 2Q11.”

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Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), the world’s leading name in computing microprocessors, continues to hold a large majority of the market, accounting for 79.3% of units in the second quarter this year. AMD (NYSE:AMD) scored a 20.4% market share. Notably, AMD’s share was up 1.5% in the past quarter while Intel’s dropped by the same number, indicating that AMD grabbed that segment right out from under Intel’s nose. Third-party chip maker VIA Technologies held .03% of the market.

“In 2Q11 by form factor, Intel earned 84.4% share in the mobile PC processor segment, a loss of 1.9%, AMD (NYSE:AMD) finished with 15.2%, a gain of 1.8%, and VIA earned 0.4%. In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 94.5% market share, a gain of 0.6%, and AMD earned 5.5%, a loss of 0.6%. In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel earned 70.9%, a loss of 1.5%, and AMD earned 28.9%, a gain of 1.5%.”

IDC also reduced its outlook for PC growth affecting microprocessor unit shipments for the calendar year of 2011 from 10.3% to 9.3%, due to “economic headwinds in developed regions.”