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Jan 27 2010   5:15PM GMT

The x86 server processor market revival

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

IDC today is reporting that the x86 server processor market is back on the rebound, growing 14.1% in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter:

“The sequential rise in mainstream and high-end client processors points to the new products, like Core i5 and Athlon II, that Intel and AMD were shipping into the market for the holiday buying season in the fourth quarter,” Shane Rau, director of personal computing semiconducters research at IDC, said. “What’s interesting there is that consumers were there to buy systems based on them and that OEMs were investing in them for future builds. At the same time, the sequential rise in server processors indicates that server OEMs are starting to see corporations come off the sidelines.”

In terms of market share, Intel is still dominating with 89.8% market share, compared to 10.2% for AMD. Though AMD did gain 0.6% market share in the fourth quarter of 2009, Intel gained 3.2% overall for the whole of 2009.

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