updated 12:10 pm EDT, Thu June 11, 2009
Intel market share slips
Intel has reached the end of its long-standing market share gains in the global microprocessor industry according to the first quarter results of 2009, says iSuppli. The company's only distant rival, AMD, gained approximately 2.3 percent in the latest quarter, or almost an equal amount to that which Intel lost. AMD has seemingly ended its negative three quarter long trend of declines, while Intel has done the opposite, reversing its year-long positive trend.
iSuppi suggests the economic downturn has caused a 20.6 percent decrease in the industry's revenue, resulting in $6.9 billion total revenue in the first quarter of this year. The drop is a sharp fall from $8.6 billion in the first quarter of 2008.
After losing market share in the fourth quarter of 2007, Intel had grown from 79 percent to 81.6 percent market share during the four quarters in 2008. This was likely due to the company's Atom microprocessor used in the netbook PC market. Despite AMD's share growth, both it and Intel lost revenue compared to last year's results.
AMD has had no direct alternative to Atom but in the early part of the year added the Athlon Neo for budget ultraportables and expanded its Phenom II processors.