``Computer makers have an alternative in the microprocessor that they've never had before,'' says Cody Acree, an analyst at brokerage Stifel Nicolaus & Co. in Dallas. ``They're going to take advantage of that.''
Acree expects that, in time, the microprocessor market will look more like a 50/50 world -- evenly divided between Intel and Advanced Micro -- than an 80/20 world.
AMD had their 50% market share in the past MULTIPLE TIMES.
Its only since the 90s when Intel started focusing on a core competancy that AMD has lost out.
AMD used to be in almost every OEM computer you could buy, before Dell existed as a major competitor.
AMD hasn't always been behind in manufacturering either. For all the 80s and early into the 90s AMD was often ahead a little bit for all their R&D was focused on copying Intel's processors while making them faster and lower cost through more advanced processes.