Intel Maintains Massive x86 Market Share Lead

Paul Lilly

The numbers are in and once again, they favor Intel in a big way. According to industry analyst firm Mercury Research, Intel continues to dominate the competition in the x86 space and controls an 81 percent share of the market. Rival AMD, meanwhile, held on to an 18.2 percent share, and like Intel, showed little change from the same time period in 2010.

According to an eWeek report, Mercury Research's x86 market share numbers include both PC and server processors. There hasn't been a whole lot of movement among the major chip makers, with Intel claiming an 81.2 percent share in the first quarter of 2010 and 81 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010. AMD also stayed flat, claiming an 18.1 percent share in the first quarter of 2010. Neither company has budged more than 0.2 percent within the past year. The same holds true for VIA, which bumped up its share from 0.7 percent during the first quarter of 2010 to 0.9 percent in Q1 2011.

Overall, x86 chip revenues in Q1 grew 1.1 percent, well above the seasonal average of an 8.6 percent decline, but that number is deceiving. There are usually 13 weeks in the first quarter, but this time there were 14 weeks. When adjusted for 13 weeks, Mercury Research noted that revenue was down 6.2 percent, still above the seasonal average.

"This is the third quarter in a row of significantly below normal year-on-year growth," McCarron said in a release. "However, the decline in the yearly comparable growth appears to have stopped this quarter, hinting at a possible resumption of on-year growth in the coming quarters of 2011."

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