by Anton Shilov
08/08/2006 | 11:58 PM
A Taiwan-based representative for Dell Inc., the world’s largest maker of personal computers, has anonymously confirmed in an interview that the company would make notebooks running AMD processors. At the same time, an official spokesman for AMD Taiwan confirmed that the two companies are working on desktop and laptop personal computers, which means that Dell has plans to use processors by the No.2 x86 chip supplier in virtually all of its product lineups.
“This is not a big deal. In order to remain competitive, we have to make sure that we have [a wide] enough variety of products to meet the market demand,” an executive for Dell, who declined to be named, is reported to have said according to a news-story by ZDnet Asia.
“This is a sensitive topic, though we won’t deny the fact that we are working with Dell on desktop and notebook PCs,” K. J. Chou, general manager of the chipmaker’s
Earlier this year Dell said that it would use new AMD Opteron processors in its multiprocessor servers by the end of the year. Later on chief executive of Dell said that the collaboration between two companies would expand, though, he declined to say in which directions the partnership would spread out.
Dell has always relied on chips by Intel Corp. in its computers citing weak demand for microprocessors by Advanced Micro Devices by its clients, AMD’s inability to supply enough chips and immaturity of AMD technology.
It is unclear whether customers all around the world, or in Asia only, will be able to get Dell PCs with AMD central processing units inside, however, AMD’s
“Consumers will be able to buy AMD-based computers from Dell by the end of the year,” Mr. Chou is reported to have said.