Lenovo readies AMD-powered business desktops

— 2:16 PM on July 27, 2006

As Intel cuts Pentium D prices and prepares to ship Core 2 Duo processors, Lenovo is getting ready to introduce some AMD-powered business desktops under the ThinkCentre brand it inherited from IBM, eWeek reports. Citing sources familiar with the company's plans, eWeek claims the machines will be introduced in the second week of August under the ThinkCentre A60 moniker. The A series is the cheaper of Lenovo's two ThinkCentre desktop lines; it currently starts at $399 and includes a range of Intel processors, from the Celeron D to the Pentium D. In continuation of this trend, the new ThinkCentre A60 will reportedly feature AMD Sempron and Athlon 64 X2 processors.

eWeek's report corroborates a two-month-old story by the Shanghai Daily that said AMD and Lenovo were in talks about growing their partnership. Lenovo currently offers AMD chips only in its value-oriented 3000-series desktops—the business ThinkPad and ThinkCentre lines are Intel-only.

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