Feb 9 (Reuters) – Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD.O) has captured nearly a third of the market for central processor units, while British chip technology firm Arm Ltd’s PC market growth is expected to slow in the fourth quarter of 2022. Has been. analyst report.
AMD has snatched share from Intel Corp (INTC.O), which still remains the biggest player in the market for x86 processors that work with popular operating systems such as Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) Windows. According to Mercury Research, in the fourth quarter, Intel had 68.7% market share for x86 processors, while AMD had 31.3%, up from 28.5% a year earlier.
Dean McCarron, president of Mercury Research, said in the report that the result was the worst decline in the PC chip market since the 1980s and possibly the worst in the industry’s history. After taking to PCs and laptops to work from home during the pandemic, consumers and businesses have slowed down their purchases amid rising inflation and economic uncertainty.
But the downturn has worked out differently for AMD and Intel. AMD beat Wall Street’s sales expectations last month, while Intel acknowledged it has “stumbled” in competing with its longtime rival, with Intel’s expected losses fueled by widespread employee pay cuts. .
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AMD declined to comment on the analyst report. Arm was not immediately available for comment.
But declining PC sales have also hit Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Mac computer lineup, a major source of sales for Arm-based PC chips.
Arm PC chips, led by Apple’s in-house chips but joined recently by Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) in PC chips for Windows machines, now account for 13.3% of market PC chips, Mercury said. That was down from 14.6% earlier but still up from 10.3% share a year ago.
Arm, which is owned by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T), licenses its technology to companies such as Apple and Qualcomm to make PC chips and has expanded into new markets such as PCs, which is part of a sales growth strategy. is a major part. Initial public offering expected later this year.
Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Diane Craft
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