New From AMD: The Impresseron
Intel’s year of sequential gains in the semiconductor market came to an abrupt end in the first quarter of 2009. According to market research outfit iSuppli, the chip giant’s share of the market fell 2.5 percent to 79.1 percent in Q1. Meanwhile, AMD’s share rose about 2.3 percent to 12.8 percent, its gain a clear function of Intel’s loss.
“After losing share to Intel on a sequential basis during three out of four quarters in 2008, AMD managed to reverse the trend in the first quarter of 2009,” iSuppli analyst Matthew Wilkins said in a statement. “AMD increased its allocation of global microprocessor revenue due to strong performances in each area of its microprocessor portfolio, particularly in its notebook products. This was an impressive feat given the economic downturn and the weakness in the PC and server markets.”
Of course, AMD (AMD) did suffer an econalypse-inspired revenue decline in Q1, as did Intel (INTC). And the factors that caused it are expected to persist. iSuppli figures the 2009 microprocessor market will top out at $28.6 billion, down 15.8 percent from $34 billion in 2008.