When it comes to microprocessors, Intel’s the 800 lb. gorilla stomping around the room. AMD and ARM offer interesting products and alternatives, but the fact of the matter is that most chips simply carry the Intel stamp. A new report says that if anything, Intel’s slice of the revenue pie has only grown over the past year.
The research firm IHS iSuppli took a look at global microprocessor sales over the past year – from the second quarter of 2010 to the second quarter of 2011 – and found that Intel’s lead had grown by 1.1 percent, to 81.8 percent of the total market revenue. That includes all microprocessors, not just PC chips. iSuppli says two major factors boosted Intel’s lead; a second quarter surge in overall PC shipments combined with Intel’s decision to “aggressively increase production” of the Sandy Bridge line.
That 1.1 percent seems to have been taken directly out of AMD’s pocket, however. That company saw a corresponding 1.1 percent decline in revenue, although its 0.3 percent increase in revenue between the first and second quarters of 2011 tops Intel’s 0.7 percent loss. iSuppli chalks AMD’s increase up to strong shipments of its Fusion line.