The calm exterior of the microprocessors segment of the semiconductors sector disguises fierce competition within, according to iSuppli.
In its latest market update, the analyst notes very little change in market share, with Intel gaining 0.1 percentage points sequentially in the second quarter of 2010 but losing 0.3 year-on-year.
AMD lost 0.2 percentage points in the second quarter, taking it to zero change for the year, while other operators combined to gain 0.3 percentage points annually and 0.1 in the three-month reporting period alone.
Intel remains the market leader with 80.4 per cent, AMD 11.52 per cent and the remainder of the sector 8.1 per cent.
However, the static share does not mean a placid semiconductors industry, as principal analyst for compute platforms at iSuppli Matthew Wilkins suggests the two leading firms are simply matching one another blow for blow with innovations to gain ground.
A recent report from iSuppli noted how Intel has the capital to continue investing during an economic downturn, at a time when other producers of semiconductors turn to more focused expenditure on specific constriction points in their production lines.