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AMD plummets in microprocessor market ranking

When it comes to processors for smartphones and tablet computers, companies like Qualcomm and Samsung 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.

Source: Icinsights

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RE: Market Manipulation
By Coldfriction on 5/22/2013 9:53:33 AM , Rating: 2
How does this sound, "Republicans lose the election!!!" That is how this regular "just about every week" snapshot is presenting information in the tech world. It shouldn't be news. Everyone knows AMD is going bankrupt as of six months ago, but somehow it's stock has climbed over 70% since then. This isn't news man, and it is the original author's job to defend the numbers and stats they push, not yours. What you know everyone has known for a long time, but this news helped pushed AMD's stock down 5% on a good news day. And yes, I own AMD stock.

Wouldn't it be better worth discussing how even Intel sees unification of the CPU and GPU as the future of computing? Where is AMD going to be when essentially all but the most hardcore home users buy an Xbox One, PS4, Steambox, etc. instead of a PC for their large screen computing needs? Xbox One runs Windows 8 (probably the walled garden RT version). Steambox is rumored to run on Linux and allow Windows to be installed. Small premade all-in-one systems hooked up to a fancy large screen is the future.

Nvidia's strategy is to put an arm cpu in the graphics card whereas the cpu manufacturers vision is that there won't be a graphics card except for the most enthusiastic of users. Nvidia won't survive well on professional graphics cards only, especially if you look at how companies are moving that to the cloud.

RE: Market Manipulation
By ilt24 on 5/22/2013 11:53:15 AM , Rating: 2
Got it...everyone picks on AMD and Nvidia sucks.


RE: Market Manipulation
By BRB29 on 5/22/2013 12:01:54 PM , Rating: 2
Nvidia won't survive well on professional graphics cards only, especially if you look at how companies are moving that to the cloud.

So the people running the servers buy the Quadro instead of the users.

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