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AMD stealing market share from Intel

AMD managed to surprise analysts by stealing market share from Intel in the second quarter, beancounters Mercury Research said.

According to the report, AMD’s x86 microprocessor market share grew to 19.4 percent during the second quarter, up from 17.8 percent at the same time last year. However Chipzilla’s market share fell to 79.9 percent. A year ago it ruled with 81.3 percent.

The report said that Intel had priced itself out of the market. There was an increased demand for lower-priced PCs as the economic conditions bit.

Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research said that .AMD’s latest Fusion chips were in strong demand.

The maker of expensive printer ink HP and Toshiba have embraced AMD’s Llano, which is aimed at mainstream PCs.

HP has released 11 new laptops with Llano, and laptops with the chip priced between US$500 and $700 are also available from Toshiba, Samsung and Acer.

In the first quarter AMD shipped power-efficient Fusion chips for lightweight laptops and desktops, and these had also done really well, McCarron said.

AMD has confirmed that it sold 12 million Fusion processors through the end of the second fiscal quarter.

Intel’s Core i3, i5 and i7 chips based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture sold well, but suffered as demand for AMD’s Llano CPUs went up, McCarron said.

Intel itself has admitted that its chip shipments were partly hurt by a weak netbook market during the second quarter, which seems to confirm that Fusion has been making a real impact in the mobile market.

Overall microprocessor shipments were slow, growing by only 0.8 percent year over year, according to Mercury Research. 

US claims it pwns the moon

The US State of California has decided that the Land of the Free has the legal power to declare the Apollo 11 landing site a protected archaeology site.

Apparently the US has been worried that someone will rush to the moon and damage the site of humanities “one small step”.

When Apollo 11 astronauts burgered off from the moon, they left behind not just the small steps of men but a giant pile of equipment and junk.

Some of the junk was left behind so that the lander could take off again with all the moon rocks that the astronauts could garner.

Included were space boots and portable life support systems, the arm rests from their cockpit seats, a hammer, cameras and containers; tethers and antennas; empty food bags and bags filled with urine.

California is poised to become the first state to register the items at Tranquillity Base as an official “state historical resource”.

If the US State Historical Resources Commission approves the idea, Tranquillity Base could be designated a United Nations World Heritage Site.

Although there is no doubt that the site needs to be protected, it opens up a can of worms over which nation state actually owns the moon and how the place should be administered. It is fairly likely that humanity will colonise the moon, but it is not clear who will govern it.

While America is claiming that one part of the Moon belongs to one state then all sorts of problems start to arise. We doubt that California is going to send any coppers to check out if the site has been touched by souvenir hunters.

Still, it does solve America’s problem that it does not have any history and its founding myth is about as historically accurate as Romulus and Remus.  All the US has to do is take over landmasses that have a history and it is sorted.



iPad display is a bastard screen size

We know that Apple is using its own PA Semi processor in the iPad that drowned out all other news yesterday, but now we’re beginning to see the other elements involved in the Apple pie.

We don’t know which semiconductor company is fabbing out the PA Semi in Mr Jobs’ machine, but it’s probably, probably TSMC. Maybe Paddy Power should open a book on which fab is making the chip. We wonder what the yields are like. We note that two ex-CTOs of ATI – one of them pictured here, works for Apple now but when we took the snap worked for “someone else“. Wonder what the yields are like? Raj ain’t gonna say.

They’d have some clue what’s going on, but Apple has inserted a device next to their heart that would fibrillate like hell if they opened their mouths or even tried a bit of semaphore, never mind talk to their old chums. So feel safe Apple, feel safe.

Now DisplaySearch, the market research firm that knows about these things, has come up with its ideas on the display used in St. Jobs’ glory and wonder.

It has a 9.7-inch 1024×768 LED backlit in plane switching (IPS) TFT LCD display. Apple chose it because it uses IPS and has a wide viewing angle.

Apple has also claimed, says DisplaySearch, that it has the largest capacitive multitouch displays with thousands of sensors.

But the display is not a wide aspect ratio screen – it’s unique in having an aspect ratio of 4:3. Ninety nine percent of notebook PCs use wide displays and it’s hard to find an LCD TV with anything other than a 16:9 display.

DisplaySearch believes that Apple chose a middle ground between the need for books, magazines, newspapers, video and gaming.

In old fashioned British printing terms, it is a “bastard size”.

Oh, it’s arsenic and mercury free – one of the benefits of LED backlights. Wonder who is fabbing out the screen for Apple.

Doubtless, iSuppli will sooner or later get its mitts on one of the posh e-readers Apple is flogging and rip it to bits – revealing the component cost isn’t very much at all. The DisplaySearch bog is here.