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As the demand for personal computers weakens in mature markets, so does the demand towards central processing units (CPUs), according to International Data Corp. (IDC). One of the good indicators about the market performance is that despite of flat unit shipments year-over year, microprocessor vendors earned more money in Q2 2011 than in Q2 2010. Moreover, Advanced Micro Devices has finally started to fight back market share from Intel Corp.

CPU Unit Shipments Flat Year-over-Year as CPU Market Rises to $9.49 Billion

Worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments in the second calendar quarter of 2011 declined 2.9% compared to Q1 2011 and were about flat compared to Q2 2010, rising 0.6%, according to the latest PC microprocessor market share study from IDC. On a revenue basis, the PC microprocessor market earned $9.49 billion, declining 4.0% compared to Q1 2011 and rising 5.4% compared to Q2 2010.

"The first quarter of 2011 was better than most first quarters due to the extra calendar week. So the sequential comparison isn't surprising. If we took off that extra week, the performance between the two quarters probably would have seen a seen a slight sequential uptick from Q1 to Q2," said Shane Rau, director of semiconductors: personal computing research at IDC.

Share of APUs Increase to 60% of PC Chip Volume

Both Intel and AMD continue to ramp their new platforms - AMD Fusion and Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" - that integrate graphics processing capabilities into central processing units. Such chips, which AMD calls APUs [accelerated processing units], rose to more than 60% of total PC processor unit volume in Q2 2011.

AMD's Share Soars, Thanks to Fusion

In Q2 2011, Intel commanded 79.3% overall worldwide unit market share, a loss of 1.5% compared to Q1 2011. In Q2 2011, AMD shipped 20.4% of x86 chips, a gain of 1.5% compared to Q1 2011. Via Technologies unit market share was 0.3%.

By form-factors the rankings in Q2 2011 were the following:

  • In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel commanded 70.9% of the market's volume, a loss of 1.5%, while AMD managed to increase its share by 1.5% to 28.9%.
  • Intel lost 1.9% share in the mobile PC processor segment and had 84.4% market, whereas AMD finished with 15.2%, a gain of 1.8%. Via Technologies shipped 0.4% of mobile microprocessors during the quarter.
  • In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 94.5% market share, a gain of 0.6%, while AMD lost the same volume and only had 5.5% share in the critical segment of the market.

Apparently, the increased popularity of chips with integrated graphics as well as competitive offerings for both desktops and laptops, allowed AMD to get back 1.5% overall CPU market share from Intel. With the increased shipments of Fusion accelerated processing units in Q3 and the launch of Bulldozer FX-series CPUs late in the quarter, the company has chances to further improve its sales and market share.

IDC Lowers CPU Unit Shipments Forecast

Due to economic headwinds in developed regions that are affecting consumer PC demand, IDC has reduced its forecast for year-over-year growth in PC (mobile, desktop, x86 server) microprocessor unit shipments in 2011 from 10.3% to 9.3%.

Tags: AMD, Intel, IDC, Via Technologies


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Discussion started: 08/03/11 04:26:37 AM
Latest comment: 08/06/11 04:43:52 AM
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Intel don't sell any APUs at the moment. Their first APU will be Ivy Bridge, as that can accelerate OpenCL (by running it on the GPU, rather than the CPU as Sandy Bridge does) and DirectCompute (DX11).

At the moment Intel sell a CPU with a low-end integrated GPU and video transcode engine.

As AMD coined the term APU it is only fair to use their classification of what an APU is.
2 2 [Posted by: psychobriggsy  | Date: 08/03/11 04:26:37 AM]

What are you talking about? Intel’s Sandy Bridge also qualifies as an APU, Intel just doesn't use the 'APU' term that only AMD is using it for its Fusion products. Instead. Intel uses the CPU/GPU term for it's Sandy Bridge products.
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 08/03/11 08:16:30 AM]
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So you can program Sandy Bridge IGP with OpenCL and DirectCompute? Because I can't.
The Snady Bridge IGP doesn't even support DirectCompute. Only emulate it on the CPU cores. The OpenCL support is only CPU-based as well.
You can call it APU, but it's simply not true, because Sandy Bridge won't run any program in heterogenious mode. Llano and Ontario/Zacate does. These are APUs.
1 1 [Posted by: zorg  | Date: 08/03/11 01:12:42 PM]
Doesn't matter so are you saying older gen graphic cards that can't support Open CL aren't real graphic cards? Of course they are. besides it's not like Sandy Bridge's GPU can't support Open CL and Directompute Intel choose not to support those features. The Sandy Bridge GPU is built into the CPU itself so therefor it is a GPU/CPU or APU as AMD calls theres. You can try to twist and turn it all you want but it still a GPU/CPU due to the fact that the GPU is intergrated with the CPU which makes it a GPU/CPU regardless of the features it has or lacks on the GPU side.
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 08/03/11 11:36:43 PM]
Am I said that? Those are graphics cards, but not modern, computational cards or GPUs.
Yes, Intel choose that way, that's why they are not selling APUs. Sandy Bridge is a simple IGP integration with out of heterogenious computing features. Ivy Bridge will be a true APU, because it support OpenCL and DirectCompute on the IGP side. Maybe it support C++ AMP as well.
I don't said Sandy Bridge is not a GPU/CPU, I said it's not an APU.
0 1 [Posted by: zorg  | Date: 08/04/11 01:08:47 AM]
APU is just marketing BS. It's a cpu. Since cpu's first emerged people have been adding stuff to them - an 8086 cpu looks nothing like a SB one but both are still just cpu's. Even adding graphics support doesn't change that - remember before nvidia/ati/3dfx the cpu did all the graphics.

Incidentally SB can run opencl using it's cpu, it doesn't run it the same way as the AMD one does but it does run it all the same. SB has a load of extra vector instructions that AMD cpu's don't support yet - does that make SB a VPU?
1 0 [Posted by: Dribble  | Date: 08/04/11 03:16:20 AM]
Sure APU is a marketing name, but one thing is clear, they are not traditional CPUs, they are heterogenious processing units.
Llano and Ontario/Zacate can run OpenCL on both the CPU and GPU core. This is heterogenious computing what Sandy Brige don't support yet. If your chip can do this, than it's an APU.
I don't understand your last sentence. AMD CPUs can do vector instructions like SSE1/2/3/4A. Sandy Bridge can do AVX. On the CPU side Sandy Bridge is superior, but we can not refer the chip as an APU, because the lack off heterogenious computing support.
0 0 [Posted by: zorg  | Date: 08/04/11 08:44:41 AM]
By that logic then everything since the 486DX is an apu as up to then there was a main cpu, and a separate maths co-processor. In the 486 they stuck them together allowing that maths logic to be done in the same chip.

Sure the 386 without the co-processor could still do the maths, just more slowly - a bit like SB can do opencl.

Fusion is just a CPU - it has new stuff that allows it to do some things faster, but so does every new cpu. It is certainly not worthy of a new name.
0 0 [Posted by: Dribble  | Date: 08/04/11 09:52:05 AM]
No, you can't run programs on 486DX (and everything since that processor) in heterogenious mode. These are run homogeneous code.
Sandy Brdige can run OpenCL code, but not in heterogenious mode. I never said anything else.
Fusion is an APU. It not just do some things faster, but do those things in a very different way, that's why it has a new name.
0 0 [Posted by: zorg  | Date: 08/04/11 11:00:33 AM]
Fundamentally a cpu is a simple concept - input goes in, gets processed and out pops a result. Both AMD and Intels cpu's can take the same input data and produce the same output result. The fact that AMD's one internally runs differently to the Intel one doesn't stop it being a cpu.
0 0 [Posted by: Dribble  | Date: 08/04/11 12:16:29 PM]
So by that logic, AMD's Fusion 'CPU's outperform Intel's SB 'CPU's when it comes to graphic intensive tasks! So in other words Llano > SB?
0 0 [Posted by: PFX  | Date: 08/04/11 11:10:13 AM]
vector processing is with us since 3DNow! :wink: so it's millenia old story today :giggl:
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 08/06/11 04:43:52 AM]
Zorg once again you are missing the point. Intel will not call it an APU with its future products that's AMD's term for a GPU-CPU what don't you understand? AMD's Fusion is a GPU-CPU They just call it a diff name. They are the same damn thing! There is no diff between an APU and a GPU-CPU other then the name. Agaon just because it doesn't use OpenCL and Directcompute on the GPU die itself doesn't mean it's any less a GPU intergrated on the CPU.
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 08/04/11 12:57:15 PM]
If a chip don't run OpenCL in heterogenious mode, than it's not an APU. Ivy Bridge will have this feature, Sandy Bridge doesn't. Llano and Ontario/Zacata already support this.
0 0 [Posted by: zorg  | Date: 08/05/11 03:34:42 AM]

A Positive Out Come for AMD. However How much Sale/Share lost for ATI Side. Remember AMD admitted it will affect Sale on Graphics Processor for Entry Level/Low End Discrete Graphics Processor.

And Remember That Intel had and Agreement with Nvidia to acquire some of Nvidia's Technology, I Think that was last year.
0 0 [Posted by: xentar  | Date: 08/04/11 10:15:39 AM]


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