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AMD records highest share of x86 market

AMD continued to steal market share from larger rival Intel during the fourth quarter of 2006, according to figures from Mercury Research.

The analyst firm said AMD controlled just over a quarter of the global market for x86 microprocessors in Q4, a record high for the company.

"This is the highest share AMD has ever had," Dean McCarron, Mercury founder, was reported as saying.

Mercury's figures show AMD had 25.3% of the market in Q4, up from 23.3% the previous quarter and up on the 21.4% share it had for the same period in 2005.

Intel was breaking records of its own during Q4, but in the opposite direction. The world's biggest manufacturer of processors saw its market share drop to an 11-year low at 74.4%, the research firm stated, down on the 77% share it had for the same period in 2005.

Intel did succeed in winning back some business in the server space with a gain of just over 1%, according to Mercury figures cited by Merrill Lynch analyst Joe Osha.

Osha said Intel was unable to stop AMD gaining 2% of share in both the desktop and notebook PC markets. He said AMD controlled around 29% of the desktop and 19.4% of the notebook markets in Q4.

Key figures from Q4:

• AMD increased its market share to 25.3%

• Intel controlled 74.4% of the market

• AMD made gains on notebooks and desktops