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 - Get Report) and Samsung continued to dominate their respective sectors.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD - Get Report) 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