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MPU ranking: AMD falls to 4th place

Posted: 22 May 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MPU ranking  microprocessor sales  ARM technology  McClean Report 2013 

Strong market gains in the smartphone and tablet PC space may have affected the PC market. As the mobile market continues to enjoy success, the desktop PC and notebook sales are on a downward trend. This market performance is also reflected in the microprocessor (MPU) ranking for 2012.

In IC Insights' new MPU suppliers ranking, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) dropped from No. 2 to No. 4. AMD has held on to the No. 2 spot since the 1990s, just right behind Intel Corp. The new top 10 MPU list shows most leading suppliers of mobile processors based on ARM technology moving higher in the ranking while PC-dependent x86 MPU companies—Intel and AMD—continued to lose market share in 2012.

MPU ranking

Source: IC Insights
* Includes Apple's custom processors made by Samsung's foundry business.
** Cell Phone IC joint venture to be dissolved by STMicroelectronics and Ericsson by 3Q13.

Among the MPU leaders in the ranking, only top-ranked Intel and fourth-place AMD sell central processors built with x86 microarchitectures for standard notebook and desktop PCs running Windows operating system software from Microsoft. The remaining top 10 suppliers develop and sell mobile MPUs with RISC processor cores licensed from ARM in the U.K.

Moving ahead of AMD in the 2012 microprocessor ranking were Qualcomm, the cell phone IC sales leader that's been primarily successful in selling cell phone application processors, and Samsung, which in addition to its own ARM-based processors is the sole foundry source for Apple's custom-designed MPUs for its iPad tablet PCs and iPhone handsets. Sales of Qualcomm's ARM-based Snapdragon SoC processors increased 28 per cent in 2012 to Rs.28,804.35 crore ($5.3 billion), increasing its MPU market share to 9.4 per cent and moving it to second place in the ranking from third in 2011. Samsung (with Apple's MPU foundry business) moved to third place in the 2012 ranking from fourth in 2011 with a 78 per cent increase in MPU sales. About 83 per cent of Samsung's Rs.25,543.48 crore ($4.7 billion) in MPU revenues in 2012 came from Apple's processors.

Intel retained its lead in microprocessor sales but its share slipped to 65.3 per cent of the MPU market compared to 67.3 per cent in 2011 and 68.6 per cent in 2010, based on IC Insights' analysis of suppliers. AMD's share of microprocessor sales fell to 6.4 per cent in 2012 compared to 8.2 per cent in 2011 and 9.6 per cent in 2010, according to the new MPU ranking, which was recently released to subscribers of IC Insights' McClean Report 2013. Slowing sales of legacy PCs caused AMD to announce in late 2012 that it would be the first MPU supplier sell microprocessors built with x86 and ARM architectures—initially for server computers—starting in 2014.

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