Qualcomm, Samsung Push AMD to Fourth Place in Processor Market
May 21, 2013 7:50 AM
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AMD plummets in microprocessor market ranking
When it comes to processors for smartphones and tablet computers, companies like
have come a long way over the last several years. Processors from both manufacturers have turned up in a wide range of devices, with Samsung powering its own smartphones and those from Apple.
Two of the biggest companies in the microprocessor world are Intel and AMD. While Intel has continued to have success in the mobile processor market, even though its processors aren't as power efficient as offerings from other companies in the smartphone and tablet world, AMD has seen its market share continue to decline.
A new report his week from IC Insights takes a look at the overall microprocessor market for 2012. A significant downturn in the notebook and desktop computer market combined with a significant increase in sales for tablet and smartphone devices saw AMD plummet from second place to fourth place in 2012.
Intel still held the top spot with 65.3% of the overall microprocessor market.
Qualcomm now occupies the second place spot with 9.4% of the market courtesy of its ARM mobile processors for smartphones and tablets. Samsung came in the third spot with 8.2% market share thanks to a huge number of processors in production for Apple devices. AMD was in fourth place with only 6.4% market. Freescale was far behind with 1.9% of the market followed by NVIDIA with 1.4% market.
The overall microprocessor market for 2012 was worth $56.5 billion. The downturn in the personal computer market did see sales growth slow to 2% for the year after growing by 19% in 2011. The forecast is predicting microprocessor sells will increase by 10% for 2013 to $62 billion.
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RE: A Sad Day
5/21/2013 10:41:38 AM
I'm not talking about you specifically. I'm just saying, most people are probably not going to say "no" to "What if your desktop was a tablet too?" Most people are not developing applications or playing Metro Last Light.
Think of it this way: The alternative is a box. That's what you're asking for: "Please take the touchscreen off my box, and make it just a box."
RE: A Sad Day
5/21/2013 1:39:30 PM
I was going to stick with my old phenom II. The only reason I ever upgraded to Ivy Bridge i5 3570k was to play video games lol.
Seriously, everything runs fine and at an acceptable speed with a Phenom II X3. For everyday tasks, a cheap dual or quad with an entry level gpu will do. You will see more of a performance jump with an SSD. That has been a bigger bottleneck than anything else.
Also, I sincerely believe that the only reason we need to upgrade hardware so much is because of unoptimized codes. There are also other factors like patents. For example, S3TC is a marvelous texture compression method for graphics but you have to pay a fee to use it. I don't think neither NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel uses S3TC and there is no alternative equivalent to it.
RE: A Sad Day
5/21/2013 10:15:47 PM
Lets look at this from another angle.
•Custom 40nm AMD GPU
8-core AMD processor CPU/GPU
Single-chip custom x86 AMD "Jaguar" processor, 8 cores
1.84 TFlops, AMD Radeon Graphics Core
Qualcomm has AMD to thank for ARM but AMD has an Answer.
AMD reveals G-Series X embedded chips, drops a little ARM-powered bombshell
"Ultimately, we're going to have x86 and ARM in our product portfolio."
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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