Intel is reclaiming some market share for semiconductors used in data-server networks, but the chip industry’s leader still lost overall share to smaller rival AMD for microprocessors used in PCs and servers in 2006. Intel controlled 74.4% of the microprocessor market at the end of the fourth quarter, down from 76% in the prior quarter. AMD owned 25.3% of the total market, up from 23.3% a year ago. It ended the year with 77.7% share, up from 76.3%. AMD slipped to 22.3%, down from 23.7%. Helped by a chip offering based on a new architecture released in mid-2006, Intel reported its second straight quarter of share gains. In the desktop market, Intel had a 70.4% share, down from 72.4%. AMD had 29.1%, up from 26.6%. In the laptop market, Intel had an 80.6% share, down from 83.2%, while AMD had 19.4%, up from 16.8%.

Intel is reclaiming some market share for semiconductors used in data-server networks, but the chip industry’s leader still lost overall share to smaller rival AMD for microprocessors used in PCs and servers in 2006. Intel controlled 74.4% of the microprocessor market at the end of the fourth quarter, down from 76% in the prior quarter. AMD owned 25.3% of the total market, up from 23.3% a year ago. It ended the year with 77.7% share, up from 76.3%. AMD slipped to 22.3%, down from 23.7%. Helped by a chip offering based on a new architecture released in mid-2006, Intel reported its second straight quarter of share gains. In the desktop market, Intel had a 70.4% share, down from 72.4%. AMD had 29.1%, up from 26.6%. In the laptop market, Intel had an 80.6% share, down from 83.2%, while AMD had 19.4%, up from 16.8%.