Worldwide CPU sales increased by 14.3 per cent during the third quarter of 2007 according to a report released yesterday by market research firm IDC.
The increase, worth a massive £3.9 billion to the global channel, was driven in most part to the continued demand for laptop computers. Notebook CPUs saw an increase of 26.6 per cent during the quarter.
However, desktop and server chips only grew 4.6 per cent and 7.7 per cent respectively.
Both AMD and Intel both saw growth, but it was AMD who managed to expand its market share. The vendor managed to increase its market share by 0.4 per cent; Intel lost exactly the same amount.
AMD also made gains in the laptop market, with the vendor increasing its market share to 18.9 per cent, while in the server market it saw its share grow to 13.9 per cent, up by 0.7 per cent.
AMD's market share is likely to increase further in the server sector during quarter four thanks to the recent launch of its Barcelona core Opteron. Sources close to the vendor also suggested to Taiwanese technology site Digitimes that AMD is preparing to launch its triple-core Phenom processor in March 2008.