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AMD gives us a progress report on its processor business

AMD is a company on the move and its recent surge in marketshare are a testament to that. The Sunnyvale, CA-based company has seen its marketshare steadily increase since Q3 of 2004 in all aspects of its processor business.  During today's Financial Analyst day at AMD, the company announced its exact growth figures on the year.

As a whole, the company has seen its overall PC marketshare rise from 15.9% in Q3 2004 to 23.3% in Q3 2006. AMD has also seen steady, gradual increases in marketshare in its mobile and desktop business in the past two years.

This big news, however, comes from AMD's server business. This jump in marketshare on the server side was no doubt buoyed by the popularity of Opteron processors and will only grow with AMD's recent pact with PC giant Dell Computer. AMD saw its share of the server market double from 6% in Q3 2004 to 12.6% in 2005. Its share nearly doubled again to 24.4% in Q3 2006.

AMD reported record OEM sales in the third quarter of 2006 and noted that over 60% of the Forbes Top 500 use AMD64-based processors. And in addition to the previously mentioned AMD-Dell server arrangement, AMD has also scored notebook and desktop deals with Dell along with key design wins from Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo.

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