AMD is getting ready to 'Bulldozer' the market with a new processor architecture, but in the meantime, the chip maker's Fusion parts are picking up the market share slack. The Sunnyvale firm gained nearly two points of x86 market share in the second quarter, and now holds a 19.4 percent share overall, according to new data from market research firm Mercury Research, eWeek reports.
According to the latest figures, Nvidia still dominates the discrete desktop GPU market and managed to grab a 59.4 percent share in the first quarter of 2011. That's a good clip higher than AMD, which served 40.6 percent of the discrete desktop GPU market in Q1, and had it not been for AMD's performance in notebook graphics, Nvidia would be sitting way out in front.
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.
The bean counters over at Mercury Research just finalized their "PC Graphics Market Share Update" report for the third quarter of 2010, which for the second consecutive quarter shows AMD at the front of the discrete graphics pack, The Inquirerreports.
AMD managed to add 5.6 percentage points to its market share tally and now commands 61.9 percent of the market.
"AMD is the clear leader in DirectX 11 graphics technology with more than 25 million DirectX 11-capable units shipped to date, and the Mercury Research results are indicative of our continued focus on delivering compelling graphics technology to both notebook and desktop markets," said Matt Skynner, corporate VP and general manager of the GPU Division at AMD."
AMD benefited in large part from its mobile graphics unit. Going forward, AMD is banking on its newly released HD 6800 series to end the year on a strong note.