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IDC: Fusion and Sandy Bridge made up 60% of Q2 2011 CPU shipments

AMD appears to have gained what Intel has lost in these past two quarters

In a press release Tuesday, market analysis firm International Data Corporation (IDC) claimed that worldwide PC CPU shipments in Q2 2011 were actually less than the previous quarter by 2.9% and only a hair larger than Q2 2010 by 0.6%. Overall, CPU shipments this year have been relatively flat.

The new chipsets with integrated graphics controllers currently offered by Intel and AMD, however, made up 60% of shipped CPUs last quarter. This indicates that while total unit volume has been relatively steady, more focus is being put on manufacturing Sandy Bridge and Fusion processors than others.

The rest is unfortunately bad news continues for Intel, who has lost 1.5% of the CPU market since last quarter and is now down to 79.3% of overall worldwide unit market share. Most of that lost went straight to the benefit of AMD, who now has 20.4% of the overall worldwide unit market share. Similar gains and losses were seen for AMD and Intel, respectively, for Q2 2011 in the mobile PC CPU market.

Still, Q1 2011 numbers may be a little inflated. “The first quarter of 2011 was better than most first quarters due to the extra calendar week,” said director of Semiconductors research at IDC. When the extra week is taken into account, Q2 2011 shipments are actually a bit higher than the numbers from Q1.

As a result of the rather mediocre numbers and possibly lower demand in PCs, IDC has reduced its year-over-year growth in PC CPU shipments in 2011 from 10.3% to 9.3%.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)