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 8:33:20 PM
Dude, the reason future people will not build their own desktop from scratch has nothing to do with mobile. It has everything to do with the move to a single SOC. Once that SOC has all the memory, GPU , CPU, communications, sound, and other stuff you used to hand assemble there will be zero need for hand crafting.
Intel will not just ship a CPU + cooler combo. They will ship the entire computer. You can then buy the case and insert it.
Even now, what exactly are you hand building? For me it is board + CPU + cooler + GPU + SSD. That's 5 objects. I have seen more complicated Lego setups.
RE: A Sad Day
5/22/2013 7:56:29 AM
I doubt it will ever be like you say for power users, think about it you'll always need better GPUs, RAM, a board and a hard drive, I see the possibility that GPUs and CPU merge to a single chip, but I doubt it will happen anytime soon, not when nVIDIA, AMD and Intel remain 3 different companies, as long as Intel makes the best CPUs, nVIDIA/AMD make the best GPU they will not merge, AMD could in theory merge its best CPU with its best GPU, but the cooler would be monstrous, it's probably not in ours or theirs best interest to merge power consuming components together.
For the vast majority the SOC will work but then again the vast majority doesn't even open their PCs, so if it's SOC or not it doesn't really matter for them.
Another point is cost, it's cheaper to produce 5 simpler devices than 1 complex one, also companies that produce RAM have better expertise and can produce cheaper RAM than Intel, would it be even worth for Intel to include 16GB of RAM on their chips when RAM is based on a different process?
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