Is Dell readying a full AMD lineup?
Rumors that Dell's relationship with AMD will go deeper than the already announced four-way
have been buzzing
around for a while, and a new report by The Inquirer
has thrown some fuel in the fire. The Inquirer has received
word that executives from AMD and Dell got together at Michael Dell's
Austin, Texas mansion and finalized an agreement to bring AMD processors
into a full lineup of Dell desktops, notebooks, and workstations. The
deal will go into effect sooner than expected, The Inq's sources claim,
with some AMD-powered notebooks being prepped right now for a
back-to-school season launch.
Switching teams right as Intel gears up to take back the performance
crown would seem like an odd strategy, but Dell's rumored move is said
to be driven largely by anticipated supply for Intel's upcoming chips.
Supposedly, the lion's share of mobile Core 2 Duo processors will go to
Apple and Lenovo, which could leave Dell with potential availability
troubles right as it kicks off its back-to-school marketing push.
Diversifying its lineup with some AMD notebooks could be a way for Dell
to alleviate such a problem.