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Dell to launch desktops with AMD processors

Posted: 22 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Advanced Micro Devices? AMD? Dell? microprocessor? desktop?

After finally acknowledging that it would roll out new servers based on microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), Dell recently announced that it will launch its first desktop computers with AMD processors next month.

The company said it would launch Dimension desktop computers with AMD processors in September and will introduce a two-socket and multi-processor server using AMD Opteron processors by the end of the year.

The embrace of AMD chips in Dell deals a further blow to Intel Corp., which had been essentially the exclusive supplier of microprocessors to the company until May, when, following months of speculation, Dell said it would roll out new servers based AMD's Opteron line of 64bit processors by the end of this year.

For several months, AMD has been said to be gaining market share from Intel in some niches. AMD getting its foot in the door in Dell servers was a landmark event, but Dell's desktop computer market is significantly larger and potentially much more lucrative.

Dell also reported sales of $14.1 billion for Q2 of fiscal year 2007, ended Aug. 4, up 5 percent year-over-year. Net earnings were $502 million or 22 cents per share, which fell short of the company's earlier guidance.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times




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