Channel facing AMD processor shortages?

— 4:30 PM on October 11, 2006

Despite AMD's increased output thanks to Fab 36 and production from Chartered, Dell's recent adoption of AMD processors may be taking its toll on the chipmaker's supply. The guys at The Inquirer say they have heard a number of reports about shortages of AMD's Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 X2 processors in the distribution channel.

We received e-mails from distributors spreaded [sic] across the globe that AMD cannot supply them with enough dual-core CPUs ordered by computer assembly stores. AMD is not supplying the channel and the channel is getting the hump. Many are asking how they can achieve Q4 sales targets if they're unable to get the CPUs in normal or higher quantities. Some are even mentioning Dell, comparing it to a black hole which eats all AMD can churn out.
Speaking of Dell, The Inq has also gotten its hands on a brochure for an upcoming AMD-based business desktop from Dell. Dubbed OptiPlex 740, the machine looks like it will be available in either desktop or mid-tower form factors with Athlon 64 or Athlon 64 X2 processors, Nvidia integrated graphics with DVI output, PCI Express x16 graphics expansion, a Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet controller, and remote power management features.
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