AMD makes gains in notebook CPU sector

A report said that AMD has clawed some market share from Intel in the notebook sector of the market.

According to IDC, mobile PC processor unit shipments rose by 6.5 percent in the second calendar quarter of this year, compared to the first quarter.

And while Intel still holds the position as clear market leader with 86.1 percent in the notebook CPU sector, in the second quarter AMD gained 1.6 percent share, to stand at 13.7 percent. AMD has made aggressive moves with its Vision branding this year in an attempt to up its market share in the notebook sector.

In the overall PC microprocessor sector, unit shipments rose in the second quarter by 3.6 percent, with revenues rising by 6.2 percent, compared to the first quarter of this year. The results for the second quarter buck the usual seasonality in the CPU market, said IDC. Q2 is generally a little lack lustre.

Intel holds 80.7 percent market share overall in the server, notebook and desktop markets, while AMD has 19 percent share. Taiwanese company Via has 0.3 percent share.

IDC said server shipments fell slightly in the second quarter. It predicts that overall CPU unit growth will be 19.8 percent, bit all is not roses, roses.

Shane Rau, the analyst who tracks semiconductors at IDC, warned that market demand for processors will remain weak in August.

He said: Major OEMs cut PC build orders with their contract manufacturers who, in turn, have cut orders for commodity components,” said Rau.

“While the PC processor vendors re-iterated their solid outlook during their most recent earnings calls, the softness we’ve seen ultimately makes us concerned for end demand’s pull on processors. Likely, the second half of the year will be seasonal given the early build for Intel’s Sandy Bridge and AMD’s Fusion architecture launches, but lower than the year-over-year growth seen in the first half of the year. 2011 remains a wildcard in terms of sustainable unit growth.”