Intel was and still is the undisputed leader as far as market share in PC processors is concerned. AMD has however, managed slowly but steadily to gnaw at that lead. A recent report by Gartner Dataquest indicates that Intel's lead has been greatly reduced in Q3. That reduction has even resulted in AMD possessing 50% of the market in some countries, such as Japan.
So in Japan 54% of home PC's had AMD processors, a significant rise from the 24% AMD had during Q3, 2000. In Western Europe 49% of home PC's had AMD processors during Q3, 2001 while the equivalent figure for the same period in 2000 was 25%.
In the US AMD sales overall reached 27% in Q3, 2001 up from last years 17% for the same 2000 time period. Broken down the figures for AMD in the US were:
40% of commercially sold PC's had AMD processors while 33% of government and 18% of education PC's had an AMD processor running the show.
These results will certainly help raise spirits within AMD since they are eagerly anticipating the same figures for Q4, 2001. Those figures will really count for them since they will include the new XP line, remember they are trying to convince the market that MHZ don't count, and the effects of the recent P4 price cuts announced by Intel.