Intel takes more market share from AMD, other vendors

Market research company IHS iSuppli said that Intel increased its microprocessor share in the first calendar quarter of this year. That’s not just in the X86 arena – it includes RISC and other microprocessors considered to be the brains of a computer.

That’s in the teeth of the chipset recall of Sandy Bridge chipsets that Intel made during the quarter.

The chip giant now has 82.6 percent of global microprocessor revenues – up 1.6 percent from the fourth calendar quarter of 2010. Compared to the first quarter of 2010, Intel’s share rose two percent.

CPU market share Q1 2011

The recall went smoothly, according to Matthew Wilkins, principle analyst at IHS.  “The fact that the company achieved a 25 percent increase in revenue… shows that its chipset concern did not really affect the company to a significant degree,” he said.

AMD’s share fell to 10.1 percent in the first quarter, down from 11.8 percent share in the first calendar quarter of 2010.  However, the X86 twins own between them 92.7 percent of global microprocessor revenues.

Wilkins, however, predicted that tablets will eat into Intel Atom sales. Nevertheless, sales of Atom chips rose during the first quarter of this year.