AMD winning commercial market share, says executive

AMD has had a good start to 2005 and is on the road to achieving its goal of a 20 percent slice of the server market this year, an executive said Wednesday.

AMD started 2005 well and is on the road to achieving its goal of a 20 per cent slice of the server market this year, according to a senior executive.

The company wanted to grab one-fifth of the server market and at least 15 per cent of the commercial client business in 2006, corporate vice-president and head of AMD's commercial business and performance computing unit, Marty Seyer, said. AMD trails rival Intel in the computer processor market. That strategy is serving us well," he said. "We have achieved greater than 20 per cent market share as of the end of Q1 in servers allowing us to leverage that success into the traditional client space." Servers based on AMD's processors accounted for more than $US1 billion of server revenue in the first quarter, according to an estimate released by IDC. That was the first time that AMD-based servers had broken into the billion dollar revenue range, the market research company said. The lower heat dissipation of AMD-based systems was proving popular with IT managers who are wrestling with higher energy bills, IDC said.

Looking ahead Seyer said he though AMD would lead the industry with quad-core performance per watt in 2007 and be the number one provider of new clients in 2009.

He was in Tokyo for the local launch of AMD's new AM2 CPU socket, which allows fast DDR2 memory to be paired with Athlon desktop processors. The company announced two new processors: the 2.8GHz Athlon 64 FX-62 and 2.6GHz Athlon 64 X2 5000+.

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