Intel Maintains PC Microchip Dominance
The battle for market share persists among semiconductor companies as first-quarter computer data shows continued scraping for mere tenths of percentage points. However, Intel (INTC) and Samsung continued to dominate their respective sectors.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) gained three-tenths of a percentage point from the fourth quarter to hold 16.9% of the PC processor market, according to Mercury Research data cited by eWeek. Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, slipped by half a point to 81.7%.
AMD was helped by its Opteron server chips and desktop chips targeted at different segments. From the first quarter last year, AMD has gained 2 percentage points of market share, according to the report.
Intel, however, continues to dominate the microprocessor market and has benefited from a longer-term shift to notebook computers with its Centrino brand. AMD only recently introduced its thin-and-light notebook processor, dubbed Turion.AMD and Intel have clashed for years in the market for computer microprocessors, which act as the logic hub for a computer's programs. AMD has improved its technology and manufacturing capabilities during the past three years to make a more formidable competitor to Intel. And AMD recently announced it would spin off its flash memory operations -- where it also competes with Intel -- to focus on its microprocessor operations. Also, iSuppli released new data regarding the volatile DRAM market, showing that Micron Technology (MU) and Hynix Semiconductor again flip-flopped in the second and third positions, with Boise, Idaho-based Micron edging South Korea-based Hynix in the first quarter. Samsung continues to hold a dominant lead with 31.1% of the DRAM market while Micron held 16.8%, Hynix had 16.5% and Infineon Technologies (IFX) held 12%. Micron and Hynix traded rankings every quarter last year with Hynix claiming the second position for the full year.
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