Intel's CPU share hits four-year high

Slight rebound in PC sales helps company capture 80 percent of global microprocessor revenue for second quarter, says market researcher iSuppli.

Intel's share of the global CPU market hit a four-year high in the second quarter of 2009, says a report released Monday by market researcher iSuppli.

Thanks to a slight uptick in PC sales, Intel captured 80.6 percent of microprocessor revenue worldwide, growing from 79.1 percent in the first quarter of the year and 79.2 percent in the second quarter of 2008. This is the largest slice of the market Intel's had since its 82.4 percent share in 2005.

The gain in Intel's market share came at the expense of AMD, which saw its share sink to 11.5 percent from 12.8 percent in the first quarter and 11.9 percent in the year-ago quarter.

iSuppli

"Intel benefited as the global PC market took a first small step toward recovery in the second quarter," said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst of compute platforms for iSuppli. "AMD didn't benefit from the small sequential rise in PC sales because its average microprocessor pricing was lower than that from the first quarter."

Intel saw gains in its CPU market share across all segments, including desktops, notebooks, and servers. But the notebook sector was the only one to grow, climbing 13 percent over the second quarter of 2008. Both the desktop and server segments declined year over year.

The sluggish economy still took its toll. Overall, CPU sales shrunk for both Intel and AMD, since shipments were down from a year ago.

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