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Share of Intel and AMD x86 laptop CPUs worldwide 2012-2020, by quarter

Intel processors made up 80 percent of laptop central processing units (CPUs) test benchmark results in the third quarter of 2020, down from the 86.1 percent share seen in the previous quarter. AMD processors accounted for 20 percent of laptop CPUs detected via the tests, an increase from the 13.9 percent observed in the previous quarter. When looking more broadly at all computers CPUs, Intel’s share is slightly lower, accounting for 62.6 percent of computer CPU test benchmark results in the third quarter of 2020.

Apple Mac processors

The x86 processor is the predominant hardware platform for laptops, desktops and servers globally. Both Windows and Mac laptops use x86 chips; previously, Apple’s line of Mac products used PowerPC microprocessors, with the transition to Intel x86 architecture first acknowledged in 2005. The first generation of Intel-based Mac computers were released in January 2006, a partnership that continued through until 2020, where Apple announced it will begin switching the Mac line from Intel CPUs to ARM CPUs. The decision was been made in order to standardize on one CPU architecture for all iPhone, iPad, and Mac products, with the transition to Apple's custom Arm-based chips expected to take place over a two-year period.

Intel’s next-generation chips

In recent years, Intel has faced problems manufacturing its own chip designs, leading to the company having to issue a public apology to computer-makers in November 2019. Intel both designs and manufactures computer chips, whereas most of its rivals only do one or the other. An example of this is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), who simply manufactures chips designed by other companies, such as AMD and Apple. In July 2020, Intel announced that the production of its next-generation chips will be delayed until 2022, with a potential plan for third-party manufacturers to start producing some of its products being explored. Experts have claimed that this newest delay could pose as an opportunity for rivals to strengthen their position in the market, damaging confidence in Intel's ability to deliver high-performance computing products.

Distribution of Intel and AMD x86 laptop central processing units (CPUs) worldwide from 2012 to 2020, by quarter

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Release date

October 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2012 to 2020

Supplementary notes

- The market share is made up of thousands of test benchmark results.
- This graph counts the baselines submitted during these time period and therefore is representative of CPUs in use rather than CPUs purchased.
- There are a small number of submissions of CPU types other than AMD and Intel however the percentage is so small as to make it not worth graphing. This combined with rounding off the percentages to 2 decimal places will account for each quarter not always adding up to exactly 100%.
- This chart only includes x86 processors and does not include other chip architectures these manufacturers may sell.
- This chart only includes CPUs installed into PCs and does not include game consoles.
- As the test software only runs on Windows OS and counts on user submitting their benchmarks, this data may be non-reflective of non-Windows user base.

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