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Title: CPUs: Intel dominating, AMD hanging on
Description: The end of 2009 was a pretty good period for AMD. After having announced that it was back in profit (in part thanks to Intel’s payment), AMD also seems to have clawed back market share over this period according to an IDC survey.

In general, while 2009 saw overall revenues of the two players fall by 7.1%, sales of microprocessors went up by 2.5%. With respect to market share, Intel took 81.9% in the last quarter of 2008 as against 80.5% in the last quarter of 2009. This was directly to AMD’s benefit with the AMD share going up from 17.7% to 19.4% over the same periods. This can be attributed to the attractive pricing of the Athlon II / Phenom II range, but we should put this in context. In fact, the foundary lost market share in the second and third quarters, the last quarter merely making up for this.

In the end, over the year of 2009, Intel will have taken a 79.7% share (80.3% in 2008), against 20.1% for its rival (19.2% in 2008). While Intel is clearly dominating things (no surprises here!), AMD is holding on and even clawing things back slightly. This survey also shows that Via is virtually absent from the X86 CPU market with a 0.3% share.

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