Intel wipes floor with AMD in servers

Chip giant Intel shipped a whopping 93.5 per cent of all x86 processors stuck into servers during the second quarter of this year, up from a mere 89.9 per cent in the same quarter last year, according to figures concocted by IDC.

But AMD bit back in laptops, clawing 1.6 per cent away from its larger rival during the quarter to claim 13.7 per cent share of the market Intel has dominated so successfully since its introduction of the Centrino platform. Intel's share was down from 87.8 per cent to 86.1 per cent.

Overall, the market grew by a whopping 30.8 per cent compared to the previous year's second quarter numbers IDC said. IDC reckons for worldwide PC processor unit growth in 2010 will be 19.8 per cent, as growth slows.

AMD's improvement in the laptop space meant its overall market share was up by 0.2 per cent to 19 per cent. Intel's overall share dropped 0.3 per cent in terms of volume to 80.7 per cent. VIA Technologies claimed the remaining 0.3 per cent.

Intel a claimed 72.2 per cent share in desktops a gain of half of one per cent, by IDC's reckoning.