AMD loses ground in mpu supplier ranking

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AMD's share of microprocessor sales fell to 6.4% in 2012, compared to 8.2% in 2011 and 9.6% in 2010.

The drop, attributed to dwindling pc sales, sees the company move from second place to fourth in a new ranking of suppliers by IC Insights. Behind Intel in the ranking now are Qualcomm and Samsung. Sales of Qualcomm's ARM based Snapdragon SoCs increased by 28% in 2012 to $5.3billion, increasing its mpu marketshare to 9.4% and moving it to second place in the ranking from third in 2011. Samsung (with Apple's mpu foundry business) moved to third place in the 2012 ranking from fourth in 2011, with a 78% increase in mpu sales. About 83% of Samsung's $4.7bn in mpu revenues in 2012 came from Apple's processors. IC Insights is forecasting a 10% increase in total mpu sales in 2013 to $62bn. Between 2012 and 2017, total sales are projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12%, reaching $97.7bn by the final year of the forecast.